Stop Being A Workaholic – Easy Lessons
A workaholic. This is what you have become. The only time you don’t think of work is during the three or four hours a day that you spend sleeping. You devote 16 hours of your day each day to working furiously: making money, reaching goals, working on giving your families the best, planning and mobilizing yourself for success.
Here are a few tips to help you, the workaholic, re-focus and get the best out of life :
- – STRICTLY FAMILY ON WEEKENDS! Resolve to make Saturdays and Sundays strictly for family time. And stick to this! Mondays until Fridays you make an excuse not to relax and spend time with your family because it’s work time, why not make a similar excuse for Saturdays and Sundays? “I can’t work today because I’m spending time with my family.”
- – WORK TO LIVE! Always keep in mind that you work so you can live and have a comfortable life. Always remember that you don’t live to work. Working is just one of the many useful and fruitful activities you do that enables you to live a good life and give your family (or any of your dependents) their needs. Don’t make work your life.
- – SAY “NO” if you are over-committed or before you get in that position if possible.
- – HAVE A MOTIVATION REFUEL. Physical fatigue is not the only threat to your energy. Emotional fatigue in the form of rejections, disappointments or making mistakes can all dampen your motivation. Having a motivation refuel means having a day, hour or even a few minutes where you go over your goals, listen to motivational tapes, meditate or do whatever will recharge your drive.
- – MAKE A PLAN! Plan your day. Work on only one or two things at a time. It’s much easier to work on something and finish it first and then move on to the next rather than do a number of things all at the same time and never finish or accomplish anything at the end of the day. Make out a list of priorities. Write down things that need to be worked on immediately or are urgent, keeping the least ones at the bottom of your list. After you’ve done this, be guided by this list. Turning this activity into a habit will also help you manage your time better, be more organized, and accomplish more.
- – EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP! Make it a point to get at least eight hours of sleep and plenty of rest. While food has substitutes in the form of natural medicines or artificial foods, there are no substitutes for sleep and rest. Don’t believe that you can always “catch some sleep or rest later.” Your body cannot make up for lost sleep or rest time because it is not physiologically possible.
- – WORK UP THOSE MUSCLES! Exercise, exercise, exercise! Set aside at least an hour each day or every other day for exercise. You body needs to be conditioned, and working non-stop isn’t going to give it the proper physical conditioning it needs. Since most workaholics tend to have their behinds stuck on their chairs, it’s even more important that you get some exercise.
- – TAKE SOME QUIET TIME EACH DAY. Staring at the computer, talking on the phone and writing hundreds of emails everyday can wear your brain out. Find ten minutes of everyday and have some quiet time for yourself. Meditate, close your eyes and zone out or just listen to some soothing music for ten minutes a day. To get my second wind, I usually need this in the afternoon. You will be amazed what a little quiet time can do for your peace of mind and those around you will be grateful you took the time to care for yourself, making you an easier and more pleasant person to deal with.
- – EAT AND DRINK HEALTHILY. Working until the wee hours of the morning can cause you to have the late-night munchies. Reach for a stick of celery or some baby carrots instead. To avoid feeling drained of energy, keep on hand snacks that are high protein like a pop-top can of tuna, raw almonds and soy nuts. Healthy foods make healthy minds that can work longer, harder and smarter.
If you start following the tips outlined today, then you’ve just taken the first step to living a healthy, successful and happy life!