Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in work? Getting deeper and deeper under the pile of actions you need to tick off so that you can be satisfied with your work week?
It happens to a lot of us, especially us millennials who feel the struggling need to climb that corporate ladder.
The pressure to succeed is all around. The luxury life, those perfect instagram shots portraying the ‘good life’, the movies that tell us that having a surplus of cash brings the best joy.
We have been sucked in. We have been sucked into a reality that isn’t real, and we are starting to move further away to what the simple joys in life are.
As a twenty-six year old, I guess you could say it’s the prime age to really have life under control. Six months ago, my calendar was full of meetings, and only work related meetings, my days of looking at the computer screen were continuously getting longer and time spent at home were getting shorter.
To put it simply, my life revolved around this job. I used to cancel gym classes and plans to learn recipes to cook dinner because they weren’t high priority compared to the job I have.
The One Simple Rule You Should Try
But it wasn’t until one day, all of sudden I had a meltdown. It occurred to me that I was not working to live, but I was living to work. It was scary to step back and view my typical week, there was minimal time for me to do things that made me laugh and happy.
It really gave me a wake up call, a bit of a quarter life crisis. I needed to change and start focusing on the happy things in life, especially at this sweet age of twenty-six.
I knew I was great at getting things done at work, but not for my leisure. I started understanding what it was and changed some of my habits in order to accommodate my personal life.
The one rule of thumb for me now is to schedule one exciting thing for me a week – something that is purely for enjoyment.
I make sure it is in my calendar, because if I can commit to work related items in my calendar, I can commit to personal related items too.
After six months, I can confidently say that my work life balance has tremendously improved. I’m happier, I look forward to the weeks and I now am collecting meaningful experiences that I used to be so bad at keeping. It’s so simple, and everyone has the capability to make it happen.
Originally published on Hack Spirit.