Hey lovely readers, followers, accidental landers – it’s been a while!
Like most of my posts recently, work seems to bring everything all at once. We’ve all been there – I know… A super duper important project comes up that’s majorly important to your company (and your career), and it quickly becomes an all-hands-on-deck situation. Work shifts to priority number one, leaving everything else in your life to fall by the wayside.
Before you know it, suddenly you’re clocking 12 hours every day, responding to emails from home at all hours of the night, and fighting off the million to-dos running through your head to catch a few precious hours of sleep. Your exercise consists of sprinting between your desk and the coffee, and you can’t remember the last time you ate something that didn’t come out of a package.
Work-life balance—what the heck is that?
Stressful periods at work may be inevitable—and while they can be manageable in the short term, if you don’t take steps to keep the stress under control, it can lead to fatigue and burnout – and let’s be honest, who wants that!?
There needs to be a striking balance between work and your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I could quite easily share a few ‘research’ articles, but I think it’s more than that. As I sit and type this, reading my own much needed medicine – I ask myself..
Do you love what you do? Does it make you happy?
For the most part yes… But it definitely doesn’t set my soul alive. It’s a good pay cheque, which allows me to do some of the things I do love. I guess with that, quite obviously a few things need to change. Realistically, the job isn’t going anywhere – I have a mortgage and a car to pay for, come on now! But the turning the laptop on at 8/9pm every evening needs to stop, no more checking the work emails whilst you wait for your date, and certainly no more taking work calls on your day off.
My advise? Start to see the world away from work, whether that’s keeping up stable relationships with friends and family, making time for fulfilling activities is essential.
When you find yourself in the midst of a period of total insanity, stop for a second. Think. And remind yourself of your happiness. Sure, the meeting you MUST book, can wait for tomorrow.
Find some quiet time.
And most importantly, have fun!