|It's all right to have a life outside of work.
For years now, I've been sort of a workaholic. Heck, I shouldn't say "sort of." I have definitely been a workaholic. But one of my goals for this year was to actually ease up a little and take some time to appreciate other parts of living. It's been weeks since I've put in 50+ hours on work (and I've put in 70+ weeks more than once in the past). And recently, I've started (mostly) unplugging for the weekend.
I have to admit that I was afraid of "cutting back" at first. I mean, if I'm working crazy hours and still buried by work, what would happen if I worked less? It would mean I'd be buried even deeper, right? But the results so far have been incredible.
My weekends have been even more enjoyable than in the past, because I'm not even allowing myself to worry about work from late Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Plus, I've found that lifting that weight off my shoulders has made me super productive during the week.
Instead of worrying about work all the time, I jump in on Monday morning and drive full throttle until Friday. Then, I flip the off switch. My productivity is up; my creativity is up; and my stress is low.
If you find yourself "stuck" in a workaholic state of mind, please consider cutting back as I have. Life is so much more fulfilling when you take a moment to step back and enjoy it a little.
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