Reserving energy during slow periods so that I can be back at 100% when I'm really needed is key, though there are times when I get so involved in a project that I forget all about that. I also have a job that I love and I work with fabulous people, so most of the time there is such a flow that it seems effortless.
With the holidays, things have gotten a little more hectic, so that balance will be harder to find, I imagine. I asked for advice from a coworker last week and she told me that she will sometimes set a goal for herself at the start of a shifts. This is such excellent advice and so simple to do, it's a bit ridiculous of me to have not been doing it already. I know, from being a bit socially awkward, that baby steps must be taken to overcome fears or make improvements. Setting a goal for myself means that I can make it any size goal and I'm accountable to no one but myself for attaining it. Unless I blab about it and my boss finds out, and then I fail to meet it...I'm just saying. (A very unsarcastic thanks to K., by the way.)