In order to do your job well, you need three things – the technical ability, the right tools and social sensitivity. These things let you know not only what to do in the moment, but also when it’s the right time to do it. It’s called trusting your gut instinct, and we don’t listen to it often enough.
Being able to trust your gut instinct requires that you look after your wellbeing. As much as it is an overused word, it’s not well understood, but it’s critical to your business and your work, especially if you work for yourself.
So what does wellbeing have to do with trusting your gut instinct?
Simply, it affects the meaning you give to something in the moment and in turn, your reaction to it. If we feel energised and positive, we can deal with challenging customers, long days and do difficult work. If we feel tired, lacklustre, irritated, then we intentionally or unintentionally cut corners and are certainly less tolerant, and that’s when things can go wrong – from having poor working relationships to making errors, getting complaints and worse, claims later down the line. So our energy and wellbeing affects how we react to situations, and when you’re in the business of surveying and working with people, it shows.
So it’s important to keep a check on how you’re feeling. Yes, you read it correctly – feelings.
Are you tired or cranky, and is there a reason for it? Have you eaten properly? Are you hungry? Are you dehydrated? Are you skipping meals and toilet breaks, because you’re driving around in your car most of the day? Did you have an argument with your partner this morning? Are you worried about your child?
There is a difference between being well, and doing wellbeing. Running three times a week doesn’t necessarily mean that your mental wellbeing is also being looked after. Wellbeing is not a one-size-fits-all thing. We all have different needs at different times, and the trick is to find the right balance and to review it periodically.
Just because I didn’t have the right support at the time, it took me going through a deep burnout to recognise a 20 minute afternoon power nap could make all the difference as did getting to bed early on a Wednesday so I could have enough energy over the weekends for my young family.
Where to start with wellbeing
Start by recognising or making a list of all the things you need to be okay and feel good. That includes all the basics such as food, water, sleep, sex (yes we are human!), as well as your hobbies, time with family, friends, and also on the professional side, that you’re doing work that you love and that makes you feel good. Then check to see if those needs are being met, and in turn make adjustments.
You don’t need to burn out in order to figure it out, like I did. Luckily, there are resources such as Lionheart, Women in Surveying, RICS and The Surveyor Hub that can offer you the support you need in order to take responsibility for your own wellbeing and to thrive in the business of surveying.
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– Maslow’s Human Needs https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/399796647/maslows-human-needs?t=1631725434754
– Women in Surveying https://www.facebook.com/groups/Women.in.Surveying
– RICS https://www.rics.org/eu/