Instead of posting a new episode of my podcast today, I want to encourage you to listen to Andy Stanley’s recent podcast series, Breathing Room. I just finished listening to it yesterday and knew I had to share it with you.
Do you ever feel like you can’t catch your breath? Do you run from one activity to the next without any margin? Are you stressed, overwhelmed, and close to burnout? If so, this series is exactly what the doctor ordered.
In Breathing Room Andy discusses the concept of margin, why it’s important, and how we can regain it in our schedules, budgets, and relationships. I have talked about this numerous times on my own blog and podcast. That’s because it is a recurring battle for me. My hunch is that it is for you, too.
If you are in the habit of listening to my podcast, please listen to the first episode of Breathing Room instead. It’s only thirty minutes long and worth every minute. If you and I are going to be more effective leaders, we have to find more margin.
If you’d like some additional resources on finding margin, let me suggest these:
One of these books might be worth reading and discussing with your team, small group, or mastermind. We read both in my mentoring group.
- Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard A. Swenson, MD
These are some additional podcasts I have done on this topic:
- How to Create More Margin in Your Crazy-Busy Life
- [So You’re Overcommitted. Now What?][pod-overcommmitted]
- How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty
- Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible?
Margin is not one of those things you obtain and then forget about. As the saying goes, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” This is especially true when it comes to you time. That’s why you and I must be vigilant in regaining margin if we are going to accomplish what matters most.
Question: Do you feel you have enough breathing room?