It is a wonderful thing to find a job you love. Waking up in the morning excited to go into work is a blessing, and many people do not have the joy that comes when their passion and profession meet. Your job is important. While it is great to be committed to the cause, it is all too easy to allow a great job to become a negative thing when it becomes your entire life.
Maybe it started with a late meeting or two or a phone call during your designated personal time. Job obligations can snowball quickly, starting with just one compromise, and before you know it, you are eating dinner at your desk several nights a week and missing important events with friends and family. This is a sign that your job has a troublesome hold over your life, and it is time to wriggle free and set some healthy boundaries.
Taking care of yourself is not a luxury—it is a necessity for your personal, emotional and mental health. You don’t have to sacrifice success for self-care, you just have to be intentional and committed to carving out a full life for yourself outside of work. Don’t know where to start? Try some of these ideas:
• Set office hours and stick to them
• Commit to family dinner at least three nights per week
• Exercise regularly
• Get a good night’s sleep
• Take breaks and schedule vacations
• Don’t carry your burdens alone—-build a strong, supportive team
• Eat healthy
• Find time to have fun
If you want to succeed at your job, you must succeed at life by not allowing your job to actually become your life. Despite the pressures you may feel, it is critical to remember that you are more important than your job, so you will need to find a healthy balance. If you can no longer tell when your job ends and you begin, make a change today—you will be a happier, healthier and a better worker.