Knowing what you are doing and when you are supposed to do it is great. Having an agenda and being organized is a great personal quality and even work quality. What isn’t good is when you have to pencil in time for your significant other. When you are getting ready for bed, but can’t put the laptop or cell phone down because you have to finish something up for work real quick. When you miss important dates and events or have to reschedule your off time because duty calls. I know that you have to work to sustain your living standards. I know that being a parent is a full time job. I know that you work hard at what you do so that you can be the best and you probably do not like leaving tasks undone. But what about you?
That’s exactly what you should try. Once you leave the office, you are gone in every sense until the next work day. Do not reply to work related texts or emails (unless you are getting paid to) or work on projects and so forth once you leave the office. Your definitely want to keep it out of your bedroom. Give yourself a break from time to time to just relax and de-stress. If you are off on weekends, then you are off on weekends (unless of course you are like an on-call doctor or something). I know for some of us, our profession requires us to be more flexible and available, but the point I’m getting at is to not neglect yourself, your wants and needs, and those around you. Go out and live a little. A world does exist outside of work. Break a rule and diverge from your usual and do something a little unusual. I’m sure you will love it!
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