It is so easy to bring work home, but I need to stop. I have neglected everything else—-eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, keeping up with household tasks. It’s a difficult change, but it needs to be done. I need to get to work on time, and leave on time…without brings loads of paperwork home with me. So, this week is the beginning of something new. I really want to focus on doing activities that I love and are important to me. Work is important, but not at the expense of everything else. 5 years ago
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- Book days off to ensure I do take time back
- Stop checking e-mails on my days off
- Use Outlook Calendar to remind me to go home (sounds extreme but it does help!)
- Plan things for the evenings (meals, shows, classes, walks, cinema etc. so that I have to leave to go to them!)
- Recognise that there will always be work left to do in my line of work!
- Reflect upon the fact that I am as effective doing more regular hours as my thoughts are clearer and I have more energy
- Learnt to delegate effectively whilst keeping an eye on other's workloads.
- Work extra when required on an ad hoc basis but be alert as to when it is becoming the 'norm'!
Sometimes I have so much work to do that I say, like the Pixies; “where is my mind???”.... and where is the rest of my life?
I like work challenges, and I am a very good and hard worker. But it’s time to set some limits and get time balance. I’ve been managing 2 demanding positions in my company since July. I’ve learned a lot, but I usually work 60+ hours a week. And when I’m not working, I am thinking about the things I have to do.
My work is also my refuge. And my personal life hasn’t been the happiest, so I use my work to avoid it. But it is not the solution, right?
These last months, however, I’ve been realizing that life passes me by. My friends go to the movies, fall in love, meet new friends or lovers, read books, travel, whatever. They have a life! What about me?
Last week I had something like an emotional breakdow. Had an horrible morning and at the afternoon I couldn’t stop crying. And feeling lonely, tired and miserable. As if I was fallen on the ground and nobody to help me. But this episode set a limit in some way, and this week I started feeling less anxious. Some days this week I felt like “Am I being irresponsible?”, or… Am I being just human? ItÂ´s been liberating :)
So now I set this goal. I want to learn how to say no, to get more credit for my work, and more credit from myself in the first place – Indulge myself and recognise my personal needs, instead of punishing myself. Wish me luck guys! 5 years ago
feelmypulseAchieving this has meant getting the job of my dreams, partnering up and now having a child!
At the beginning of the year I was hospitalised with depression. My boss was fantastic despite the fact I had two months off work (unheard of!)
When I returned to work, I was given a promotion to a job that was far less stressful than my previous job. I have since partnered up with a life long friend and about to give birth to my first child. 5 years ago
I have been studying full time + working full-time + volunteering on Sundays as a Big Sister + looking after my 3 sisters.
My work week last year was 60+ hours at work during the day, working nights and some weekend. To fit in my family, study and volunteering commitment meant that I had on average 3-4 hours sleep a day. I want to change this as I don’t want to have a car accident from a microsleep, I want to look alive again, have energy and not fall asleep the moment I sit or lie down. 6 years ago
I haven’t taken work home this weekend. Also, managed to hold off getting to work at 7am for many days this week. Even arrived one day after 9am after sleeping in after a too late night. 6 years ago
I’ve done pretty well for the last few months, I get to work about 9ish and I leave about 5ish, and for some reason I’m actually getting credit for my work now. I was a push over, and people would just walk over me. In any work relationship there has to be a work/life balance. I’ve found mine, but I could always put a little more on the life side. 7 years ago
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Nikki 7 years ago