Whatever profession you are in, there will be things that drain you and things that fill you. In the L&D profession, I feel that it is important to be able to inspire people and wonder, if you are “drained” how is that ever going to happen?
In the last few weeks I have learnt lots from unexpected places and had a chance to reflect on how I normally “do things”. In these reflections, I have come to ponder on which things take a lot of effort and may drain me, as opposed to some things requiring no effort and invigorating me.
Last week I was at Learning Live in London and it took virtually no effort as I:
- Was not exhibiting
- Was not leading a session
- Was helping point people to the Creativity Zone (easy peasy!)
- Took the train down and was able to chill out by reading
- Stayed in a serviced apartment virtually across the road
Things that really invigorated me were:
- Scribbling some of my thoughts on the various sessions onto my iPad and sharing with people
- The subsequent feedback I got about my “scribblings”
- Chance conversations that I had with people at some of the sessions
- Reconnecting with people I knew and had not seen for a while
- Connecting with people I had only ever connected with virtually
- Little “nuggets” I gleaned from the speakers that will make a difference to me
- Having time out to just “be” and stop “doing”
So this has made me think about what I consciously do in my normal working week to keep “filled” and sustained, rather than feeling drained by the end of the week. The collage above contains all those things which “fill” me:
- Great views
- Felting (the wet and dry types!)
- Being with my family and friends
- Having great learning experiences with clients
- Having an outlet for my artistic cravings
So my intention, is that at the start of every day/week I plan in those things that keep me topped up and sustained, and intersperse them with those essential things that I need to do, but do drain me. I love to be inspired and I hope that this helps me inspire others to learn, so I am committed to giving this a go…. will let you know how it goes….