I just went from four months of riding the “F-unEmployment” train to working six days a week with two jobs and busting my ass. The opportunity arose so quickly and waiting to pull the trigger was not an option. In order to seize the day, I had to move quickly and reprioritize my life. The stress and learning curve of a new job on top of everything else life dishes out can make it difficult to find time to enjoy life. Here are some tips I am giving myself as well as others for when work or stress get in the way of your happiness.
- Work to Live. One thing we often forget (especially as a modern career driven individual) is that we work to SURVIVE. Making money should never take priority over your happiness. Keep in mind that we often bust our asses so we can accomplish and spend time doing the things in life that really matter like spend time with our family, take vacations, spread love, and be happy.
- Take time to check out. Technology has made it really hard for us in this day and age to “check out” of work. Constantly being bombarded by emails or texts about the next day can make work feel constant. When you get home from work or when the clock hits six, do something to check yourself out for the day. Meditate, put your phone on airplane mode, savor a dinner, call an old friend, but do SOMETHING to switch your brain from work mode to “me” mode and relish in it. You deserve to have your own time.
- Stay organized. Keep a list of things you need to do so you don’t get overwhelmed. Prioritize your list and try to manage your time during the day. Mapping out your duties will help you feel less stressed when you can see it all in front of you in a calendar or to-do list. Nothing feels more satisfying then crossing out your accomplishments and it will be easier to enjoy that free time when it comes.
- Don’t Procrastinate. Try and get your tasks out of the way as soon as possible. Letting things build up only piles on stress towards the weekend. Try and accomplish things when they are assigned to you so you can get them out of the way and start the weekend early! I promise it will make you feel better about your time management.
- Spend free time doing things you love with people you love. When your free time is limited, spend it with the people you treasure most. Often times we try to cram in work drinks or other commitments we don’t need to make for ourselves. You should be looking forward to the time you have set aside for yourself so do something you love with the people you love and honor yourself and how hard you work. The rest of the world can wait.
By Lori Gottlieb
*This post was originally posted on Lori’s awesome site: http://www.thebridgeandthegap.com