Having a goal-oriented mindset is both a blessing and a curse. Goals keep you centered and focused. They give you a purpose in life. A life without purpose leaves people sailing through the wind… trusting the wind to guide them on the right path. Truly ambitious individuals, however, have to work their asses off to achieve their goals. If they aren’t careful, their lives become consumed by work. As Rihanna’s new hit song that very few people understand says, “Work, work, work!” Soon enough, these highly ambitious people are walking around with a workaholic alter ego on their shoulders. It’s a funny character. In one moment, it functions like an angel telling us the good things we need to do to keep focused on our goals. In another moment, it functions like a devil telling us all of the good things we need to neglect in order to keep our goals in sight. Our sanity, our social life, and our relationships are thrown aside due to the influences of this devilish character. Stress reigns supreme. But, on the flip side, we’re getting that much closer to our goals right?
Someone needs to invent a remote that we can use to switch of that devilish workaholic alter ego that we have on our shoulders. Until that happens, we have to take matters into our own hands. We have to dominate our workaholic tendencies and regain some balance in our lives. These strategies are a good starting point for helping us regain that balance.
Stay Away from that Cellphone!
If you have to put caution tape around it and hide it in your underwear drawer, do it! Cellphones consume far too many hours of our days and make us too accessible. There is a reason why each workplace has stipulated working hours. Yes, you want to show commitment to your job by always being available to your boss, getting to work extra early, and staying at work long after everyone else has left. But at what cost? Put the cellphone away for at least an hour or two when you’re at home. Spend time with your family. Pay attention to your children. Relax with a glass of wine and a good movie.
Surround Yourself with Positivity
The energy we choose to surround ourselves with has a tremendous impact on our state of mind. You inadvertently become what you choose to surround yourself with. Surround yourself with people who are ambitious, but are actively demonstrating the ability to find a good work/life balance. You can learn a few things from them. These types of people will uplift you and help you appreciate the small things in life.
Focus More on Gaining Experiences than Material Things
Oftentimes our goals center on acquiring some new possession. We want the latest smartphone, MacBook, smart watch, high-end vehicle or whatever else these big retailers want to shove down our throats. Life is much more than the things we possess. When was the last time you actually made good use of your vacation time? Instead of allowing your vacation time to roll over into another year, make an effort to use up those days. Create a bucket list. Do something on that bucket list during your vacation. Yes, you may have to put off getting that high-end car for a few more months. However, it will be worth it. People who are more focused on enjoying life than acquiring possessions are much happier.
It’s time to break away from your workaholic alter ego. Don’t let life pass you by. Utilize the tips outlined in this article and you’ll be able to find the wright work/life balance.
I originally posted this article on Thirty On Tap. It can be viewed on the website here as of Monday, July 18, 2016.