Even on vacation you constantly manage to interfere in the work process, and from the weekend you come in looking like an absolutely miserable creature? Finding something to do that you love is wonderful, many would say. Life itself is an even more beautiful thing! No matter how much you love your business, sometimes you have to tell yourself, “Stop” – and step away from it at least a few steps. Because it’s not just your work computer that needs a reset, but also your brain, your feelings and experiences, not to mention your friends and loved ones.
So, how to stop seeing the meaning of life only in work and learn to be distracted by other pleasures? Of course everyone has his or her own ways of doing things, but some useful advice, based on personal experience and observations of workaholics, can be given.
The period when I was at work from morning till night, and on weekends continued to do things and additional interesting projects, was extremely productive for business and murderous for everything else. Not just because back pain becomes a habit and coffee starts running briskly through your veins instead of blood. It’s just that at some point you not only begin to quietly hate your favorite job, but you generally stop to understand whether what you are doing is good and where to get new ideas for development?
Actually, everything is much simpler: ideas are born in the emptiness when you are resting, sleeping, just moving on your morning run, because your subconscious mind continues to work on the task at hand. And the emptiness in your head allows you to hear the ideas and solutions that are born inside.
Another important principle that workaholics are always forgetting is that great things are seen from a distance. It is worth to step back a little from your business sometimes, to look at it with fresh eyes, to look back and see paths where before only dead ends were seen. It’s like artists who step away from their canvas for a while, or even turn it upside down to see the flaws in their work.
The best rest is a change of occupation. The phrase seems banal, but it works 100%. Just to do nothing for an active and active person is not so easy, and absolutely not interesting. Try to do something in your free time, as much as possible different from your work activities. Spend the whole day at the computer? Yoga, fitness, any hobby connected with the work with your hands will be a great reset for the brain and relieve the feeling of fatigue. The ability to switch will make your life more varied and help you not to get stuck only on work.
Think about quality, not quantity. It doesn’t matter how much and at what speed others work, everyone has his own rhythm and tempo. If you can do something quickly and without sacrificing quality, you do not have to invent additional activities and adjust to the rhythm of slower colleagues.
Learn to say no! How often do we agree to extra or preemptively meaningless work just out of social awkwardness and the pressure of other people’s opinions? How much time that could have been spent on really important tasks or rest are we losing? People agree automatically for fear of being labeled a lazy employee or trying to please the people closest to them. The result is wasted time, excruciating nerve cell death, and the feeling of constant irritation that precious time is being spent on who knows what. Learn to politely, but firmly to refuse where necessary. Explain what damage to the common cause, if you are right here and now rush to do the job, which could have been done by another employee, or should not have been done at all, if you are busy really important project, for which, in fact, and you get paid a salary.
Stop feeling guilty. You do have a right to rest, even if everyone around you is dying of overwork. Maybe they’re just less efficient with their time or don’t know how to plan it.
The weekend is not only an amazing opportunity to get all your chores done, run ten thousand other people’s errands, and go weeding the dacha, but it’s also your right to recuperate and rest.
Take pauses. It’s no secret that many smokers get their work done more efficiently, and it’s not about nicotine at all. Just switching your attention for 10-15 minutes every few hours of work, has a great effect on its results. Go for a walk, chat with co-workers, make yourself a cup of tea and just enjoy the view out the window. You need it.
And remember: work is not the most important thing. Even if you’ve found your life’s work, it’s not just the systematic completion of all tasks and points on the way to the goal that counts. Learning to enjoy the process, to feel the flow, to be “here and now” – that’s what really matters. Learn to catch these moments of pleasure in the present: give yourself time to feel them every day, write down in your diary what you enjoyed during the day. This practice will help you not to burn out and to approach work and life more consciously.
According to Greg McKeown, author of “Essentialism. Let to Simplicity: “Of course we learn lessons from the past and are able to imagine the future. But it is only in the here and now that we are really able to fulfill those things that really matter.” Take care of yourself and be in tune with yourself and your work!