It is crucial to make a distinction between work, and work that targets at getting us better at what we do. Therapists often confused that they worked hard to improve at their craft when they find themselves experiencing “flow” states during sessions. Professionals who values their craft are more likely to have the notion that you need to continuously hone in on your skills. Besides acquiring new skills, skills maintenance is critical, if not, more important. This applies not just for athletes, musicians, and other pros, but also for psychotherapists.
In you weekly planner, schedule at least one hour of the week called “MMI” Meeting (Me-Myself-&-I). You don’t have to explain to others what this stand for. If it helps (and if you can), get away your usual office space (“where are you going,” asks the inqusitive colleague. You reply, “I got a meeting to attend.”).