While working as Deputy Political Director to get President Barack Obama elected in 2008, I came close to burnout. The long hours, lightning-speed pace, and demands of the job eventually took their toll on my health. At first I made small changes which brought temporary relief, but the problems only followed me to Washington, D.C., & into my next job at the Pentagon. Falling into the same unhealthy patterns as I did on the campaign trail, and fearing disaster, I made the decision to take drastic control of my life.
In 2010, I joined a gym, changed my diet, eating habits, sleeping habits, and learned how to efficiently manage my time and stress even while working in a high performing job. With a focus on these five areas – time management, sleep, food, fitness, and stress management – I was able to align my professional and personal life, and to find my own strength in the face of adversity.
I realized that I could kill it in the office without sacrificing my health and sanity outside of work.
And you can, too.