Work all day, school all day, cleaning all day, cooking all day, taking care of somebody all day, busy all freaking day! Some of us get into a routine, a groove, a rut. Whatever you want to call it, we get so stuck in our patterns that we forget about ourselves. We bring work home, into the bed room, out with our friends and so forth, that we never really take time to step away. I think it is time you call in sick and change up your routine.
Knowing what you are doing and when you are supposed to do it is great. Having an agenda and being organized is a great personal quality and even work quality. What isn’t good is when you have to pencil in time for your significant other. When you are getting ready for bed, but can’t put the laptop or cell phone down because you have to finish something up for work real quick. When you miss important dates and events or have to reschedule your off time because duty calls. I know that you have to work to sustain your living standards. I know that being a parent is a full time job.
I know that you work hard at what you do so that you can be the best and you probably do not like leaving tasks undone. But what about you? What about dedicating time to spend with your friends so that you can relax? What about giving attention to your man or woman and making them feel appreciated and wanted? What about spending quality time with your family like you used to? What about bringing yourself down to Earth and letting work stay at work?
That’s exactly what you should try. Once you leave the office, you are gone in every sense until the next work day. Do not reply to work related texts or emails (unless you are getting paid to) or work on projects and so forth once you leave the office. Your definitely want to keep it out of your bedroom. Give yourself a break from time to time to just relax and de-stress. If you are off on weekends, then you are off on weekends (unless of course you are like an on-call doctor or something). I know for some of us, our profession requires us to be more flexible and available, but the point I’m getting at is to not neglect yourself, your wants and needs, and those around you. Go out and live a little. A world does exist outside of work. Break a rule and diverge from your usual and do something a little unusual. I’m sure you will love it!