Feeling burned out at work? Here's how you can take back your life.
If your only friends are your friends at work, it'll be more challenging to avoid work on evenings and weekends. If you do have coworkers as close friends, consider setting some boundaries around work talk.
Try to avoid getting drawn into office drama, as it will increase the time you spend talking and thinking about work.
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We live in a culture where work demands our complete allegiance. At the same time, it can be extremely enriching. You feel challenged by your work, you're attached to it, you're learning new things.
But, it is harmful to live an unbalanced life with too much focus on work and never truly being 'off'. It is detrimental to your relationships, your health, and your productivity.
Reconsider how you define success. Workaholics are always aiming to get ahead. But you also need to draw a boundary line that shows respect for your family life, and your physical and spiritual well-being.
After you have redefined success, consider how you want to invest your time and energy.
There will always be more work to be done, but make a choice to spend your time elsewhere: with family, friends, or in your community. And when you spend time with your family or friends, do so with undivided attention.
Think about things like: securing social media handles, having a distilled brand message and design, a newsletter subscription, trademarking your name/logo, getting an EIN so you can write and receive checks, and establishing an LLC or sole proprietorship.
Before the final launch cycle, tie up any loose ends, and get ready for launch so post-launch everything can run on its own, and is very organized.
The struggle to establish a side hustle includes converting previously nonwork time to dedicate to it.
To lessen the impact, create a schedule considering your situation and tendencies, like your most productive time of the day and what activity would create less damage if sacrificed.
Having people that you can vent to or ask for guidance is key to making any venture a success. Even if you choose to fly solo, surround yourself with people you can talk to, bounce ideas off of, and get genuine feedback from.
Scour your network for people in the same industry, reach out to mentors, and even ask close friends or co-workers for their honest opinions.