After shutting down successfully (and procrastinating for the last 2 weeks), Happy 38th Sunday of Blog Your Blessing
Shutdown your laptop. Stop thinking about all your work problems and projects. Weekends and after working hours are a sanctum away from work. Go take a deep breath, a leisurely game of squash or go meet a friend for a cuppa coffee & to chat. Escape.
The truth is in this age, all of us place a larger emphasis on ensuring that we have enough time for work & play. Work-life balance is indeed a critical part of our lives & we will feel stressed out or even violated if work keeps creeping into other areas of our lives. Yet sometimes we ourselves are to blame for when we start showing obsessive workaholic symptoms such as sending out work related email at 1AM in the morning or staying back everyday to work. Let go.
As is many things in life (e.g. overeating, over-exertion, telling bad jokes) too much of anything is never a good thing. Likewise when we put in too much time & effort into work, it actually backfires with us spending more hours accomplishing much less. What is worse is when we work when we are tired or stressed out, us humans tend to make mistakes – and then having to spend even more time fixing those mistakes. In today’s age where there’s so much to do and so little time, the only solution is to work smart. Not hard.
Friends & Family
Like it or not, the old adage still holds true that no man is an island. Our happiness in work, life and in general depends a lot on ourselves and how happy we are with the people around us. Relationships are an important thing, and all relationships do require time & effort. Thus wouldn’t it make sense to spend more time with the many important people in your life rather than keeping company with your notebook? Relationships.
Shutdown Today & Everyday
For those of us who have become so used to working till late at night & on weekends, shutting down & letting go will definitely not be easy. Yet if you intend to not burn out, taking time to slowly cut back on your working hours is a good idea. Give your notebook & your brain some well-earned rest. Rest, reach out & be happy. Not stressed.