Too many people live a 24/7 lifestyle, make bad health choices and try to get too much done. How many of you finish your working day in the office and go home and after a quick evening meal then carry on with your work. It may be a continuation of your day job or perhaps, like many, it may be trying to build a part time business for yourself and your future.
In today’s day and age when we are busier than ever before it seems that more and more of you, both men and women are juggling their working life trying to do 2 jobs just to survive.
So often it seems there are never enough hours in the day to get things done. It doesn’t just stop with work, many of you have a home to run and a family to look after.
There is always something demanding your attention, one could go on and on about the demands of every day life.
A vital part of life is about finding time for yourself as well as time for your family. It is crucial for your mind, body and soul to have quiet time or to do something that enables you to switch off from everything making demands on your life.
As society is today, and with the ever increasing economic hardship we’re facing, more people are verging on becoming workaholics. It may be a fact that you have a need to increase your income to pay your bills and have a few more luxuries in life, but maybe you’ve gone over the edge, and become obsessed with your work which leaves you with very little time and energy for anything else.
Do you feel work is dominating your life?
Take a moment to consider the following questions:
- Is your first thought on waking about work?
- Is your last thought before sleeping about work?
- Does work take priority over everything else?
- Is your social life based around going out with your office colleagues to talk about work?
- Do you take work home with you at the weekend?
- Would you struggle to enjoy a 3 week holiday away from work?
- Is your greatest aim in life to get a promotion and the respect of your work colleagues?
Is Work Getting In The Way Of Your Life is a great article to help you handle this.
Technology which is supposed to make life so much easier for us plays a big part in why you can find yourself never taking a break from your work. With technology enabling you to work anywhere, any time it is increasingly difficult for people to switch off.
I had a social meet up the other day. Throughout our one hour meeting my friend was constantly checking his Blackberry for text messages and emails. I asked him one question:
“Could you handle getting away from the constant flow of information you receive for 48 hours. Turn off everything, so you’re not getting text messages, emails or calls”.
His answer was simple ‘No!” He couldn’t imagine or handle the thought of losing his connection to the world.
He is a prime example of somebody that is also always on the go. Often pulling an all nighter. Locking himself away in his study while his family get on with living somewhere else in the house.
Is this a good way to live. No! During our conversation he asked me questions about my Energy for Living Ebook Collection which I’m making available next week having test marketed it. I asked Why the Interest?”
His response was to admit that most of the time he feels like his emotional energy is completely sapped, his anxiety levels are sky rocketing, and his constant fatigue is now interfering with his daily life.
Such a common problem. With our hectic lives it’s impossible to find time to relax and this has a huge negative effect on both our health and the relationships with those around us. As my friend is demonstrating, your mind, body and soul can take so much, before it starts to break down. Let me assure you making time for rest and relaxation makes such a big difference and that is why you shouldn’t give away your evenings.
It’s time to stop thinking that life is all about getting things done. So start making the most of your working hours, be as productive as you can, and then take time out for you and your family.
Here’s something that may shock you. In all my years of coaching, I have found that productivity levels actually increase when you work only 5 days a week and only 2 evenings. You will be far more invigorated and mentally alert too.
Just understand it’s unhealthy to be constantly on call. Your personal mental, emotional and physical health is crucial to doing your best work, and you can only keep this at its highest level when you take time out.
How do you cope with your workload? Please let us know in the comment space below.
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