These words really couldn’t have more truth behind them…
So often we feel the need to push ourselves so hard in order to succeed in work; which in the I end I really believe comes down to the pressure of society’s high expectations. There is this ridiculous idea that we should be sat at our desks all day if we want to be productive, or running around trying to get an unrealistic list of things done in one go.
Working to the point you burn out is quite frankly a complete soul destroyer, and the worst part is that it can actually make you resent what you do. Your goals, what you initially felt so passionate about and what you’d envisaged yourself succeeding in go down the drain simply because you’ve been doing too much of it. I hear people saying so often ‘Ughhh, I feel so tired’, ‘I don’t want to go to work tomorrow’, ‘I can’t be bothered anymore’ – and it’s really no wonder why! Have you ever been in this position? And did you feel any better for doing so? Nope.
Remember this… Life is about balance.
If there is one thing I have found through my journey, it’s that taking some time each day to do what I love and what fills me with happiness is the key to doing well in my work and ensuring I stay constantly inspired. I have been in jobs where every one stays in a stuffy office for a solid 9 hours, eating lunch at the desk and barely seeing daylight just because they feel they have to. But I would shamelessly in simply leaving for half an hour to recollect my thoughts, call a friend or have lunch in the fresh air. Quite rightly, too. I genuinely believe the key to being truly happy is to ensure that everyday is filled with doing something that serves you – and it doesn’t have to be a huge thing, either…
Run yourself a bath (Lush bubble bar’s are recommended), paint your nails a new colour, go for a coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in ages or take a walk in beautiful surroundings. These are all things that don’t require much time, but will mean that when you put your head on the pillow at night – you can look back and reflect on those cherished moments. Then when you wake up, you feel refreshed, motivated and excited to take on a new day… It’s like a cycle.
So I want to challenge you to this. Take half an hour from your busy schedule today to do something you love and see how much it can boost your overall mood and motivation to work. Then, make plans for tomorrow – so you have something to look forward to after you’ve got through your daily grind.
Don’t ever let your passion become a chore… You deserve to give yourself a break!