Today, however, I want to start talking about the blocks, block planner included. More generally, I will introduce the topic of Resources that are at our disposal in everyday life, how the use of these Resources can fall into unbalance and generate burnout linked to a given activity. I will not cover everything with just one post and, in order to avoid boring you, I decided to split it in more than just one article. Let's start with the introduction, and enjoy your reading!
Planning Block: when planning it's exhausting
Probably it also happened to you: one of your passions suddenly loses its sweetness, and all its attractiveness seems to have vanished. This is what happened to me in the last few months with planners. I have tried in many ways to modify the layouts and the uses of the various journals acquired in search of inspiration; I've been looking for new ideas through Pinterest and Instagram; I watched tons of videos about planners. Nothing, zero. Each layout I prepared was condemned to "die" unused, each journal being filled up for a very few pages and abandoned. This is what I call the Planning Block syndrome, or Planning Burnout. It comes when we have used too much of the External or Passive Resources and very little, or at least none, of our Internal Resources. We have outsourced too many of the functions that should remain under the control of our vigilant and mindfull mind, and not an action that a support can take (either paper or digital).
Internal, External and Passive Resources?
Let's dig deep in the topic. Internal, External and Passive Resources are at our disposal, but what are they and and how can we use them to get the most out of productivity and serenity? Let me show you.
Internal Resources are all those qualities / abilities / habits / knowledge that allow us to move to the best in the professional, social, and personal space. As you will already know, these resources are not limitless: you often hear about the fact that your power of will, for example, needs to be used wisely because it will decrease pretty soon. Some examples of Internal Resources:
- the education received (the level of empathy, responsibility, emotional control);
- acquired skills (theoretical and practical knowledge, scholastic and non-formal);
- traits of personality (tendency to optimism / pessimism, mild / high stress tolerance, etc.).
External Resources are all those objects / people / relationships with which we have a frequent interaction, and that help us in our daily life. Some examples of External Resources:
- objects (like home appliances, they perform for us some important and routine functions);
- people (a babysitter or a partner can, among other things, help us with the domestic workload).
Trusting on External Resources is a good thing, and it is important. It allows us to create new relationships based on trust and collaboration, lower our burden of commitments and consequently the perceived stress.
Passive Resources are objects / habits that we use to develop over time, and allow us to present ourselves to the best in everyday life. They also enhance some of our faculty somehow. Some examples of Passive Resources:
- Objects that allow us to expand our capabilities and faculties (such as your smartphone, computer, planner, or agenda);
- Daily habits (if good, they will help us increase perceived well-being and lower stress levels, if bad ones will be additional obstacles).
Passive Resources are actually the toughest ones to acquire because they require a lot of continuous work (planners or the calendar apps should be updated very often, but also the goal of losing weight or developing the habit of going to sleep early in the evening requires a lot of effort and time).
Warning: We can influence and modify all resources at our disposal! With some of them it will be simpler (the resources with which we have less ties / frictions, probably), with others it will be very complex (relationship with parents / partners, for example). Through the power of active will you will approaching Resources that can resonate with your purpose (having an affirmative relationship, being hired for a good job, etc.). You could surround ourselves with valid Resources, and only with them, if you would to. I promise to talk about this specific topic and the dark side of Resources in a forward post.
This introductory article ends here. I would say that there is so much information to process and evaluate! Let me know in your comments if you liked this action, and if you find the "subdivision" of resources is compatible with your person and your daily life.
Next week I'll talk about how Resources work with each other!
[Disclaimer: This site is not intended to provide auto diagnosis elements or diagnosis of any type of disorder or syndrome. It's recommended, in case of strong discomfort and self doubt, to contact a psychotherapist.]