The great outdoors offers many charging posts to refill your bucket.

The bucket. It can be empty, filled, overflowing, leaky and drained. It can also be kicked, but we don’t need to go there. Ideally, we want to recharge and energize our bucket to carry us through for the long run.

Filling your bucket means you’ve got enough things going on to keep occupied and gainfully employed. While filling is positive and makes you think “Yes,” it’s equally important to say no before the bucket overflows. You defeat your purpose by taking on too much.

The opposite is an empty bucket, which no one would want. An empty bucket is a sign of opportunities missed or a vessel awaiting to be filled. Most of us likely would prefer the latter.

Bucket leaks will drain your energy. The most notable threats include distraction, repetition and negativity. Distraction is a huge variable because some people perform best with music playing in the background while others need complete quiet to steel their minds.

Repetition is draining due to its mind-numbing sameness. Likewise, negativity beats people down. The source can be internal anxiety or stress as well as external — friends or family members pouring cold water on your dream.

In either case, the best solution is renewed focus and a positive outlook, which can in themselves be goals to strive for. It’s easy to stop recharging by thinking too hard, short circuiting yourself before you start.

An assortment of values underpins the attention you give to your bucket. Most notable of these ideals are trust and promises. This is where you have to watch out for leaks. When you detect them, act right away to patch the holes before they get bigger.

One of the signs that you need to recharge your batteries or fill your bucket is when you feel drained. Fortunately, nature is full of charging posts. A bubbling brook or a baby’s cry are great energizers — especially if there’s a loved one nearby to change the diaper.

Another way to boost your energy is to keep moving. Staying too long in one place gets comfortable — and draining from lack of use.

Regular recharging helps keep you too active to think about being tired. It’s “What can I do next? rather than “When will this ever end?”

Conversely, in the workplace, overactivity might be part of the problem. You can feel drained trying to do too much or just being stuck in one position. In both instances the solution is to take breaks for a change in scenery whether you think you want one or not.

A novel approach might be to set times — even appointments — to get away and recharge. Look after you so you can look after others.

You’ll do your best your and stay productive on the job and off by taking care of yourself first, all the while keeping a keen eye on your bucket.

About The Author

Jim Katzaman is a manager at Largo Financial Services and worked in public affairs for the Air Force and federal government. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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