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Redefine Success

Redefine Success

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.

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An Unbalanced Life

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.

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.

When trying to break an addiction, enlist the help of family, friends or colleagues for accountability and support.

Reset the expectations of your boss and coworkers. Be clear about the changes you are making and the reason for the change. 

For digital detoxing, experiment with different solutions.

  • Put your smartphone away. Put your smartphone out of reach after the workday is done.
  • Don't use your phone as a time-filler. It can be a tough habit to break but it will help you to live in the moment.
  • Model better manners at the office. Tapping away on your phone while someone else is talking is disrespectful.

Mindfulness is practicing nonjudgmental awareness in the present moment.

Mindfulness can be helpful for trying to break addiction to work. It helps you to get a sense of control and be deliberate about your choices.

Prioritizing Health

You can work productively in a creative way for only a certain number of hours per day. Even then, you need proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise for more energy and better focus.

Also consider your family, friends, coworkers, and clients, who count on you and your good health.

Do:

  • Redefine personal success to be more about high-quality relationships, community engagement, and physical and spiritual wellness.
  • Be intentional about how you choose to spend your time and with whom you spend it.
  • Try mindfulness.

Don’t:

  • Go it alone — enlist the help of colleagues, family, and friends.
  • Automatically reach for your phone.
  • Be sparing on exercise, sleep, and wholesome food.

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The Lonely Worker

Working from Home requires you to work on your alone, just by yourself. This can lead to:

  • Having less information or perspective of what's happening in the office.
  • Not knowing when to stop working or switch off for the day.
  • Home issues like taking care of the child or some other work taking up more of your time.
  • A feeling of loneliness.

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WFH (Work From Home) eventually means you are working from coffee shops, parking lots, from your car while driving, and almost anywhere you can log in to your laptop or communicate on your phone.

No one knows where you are and what you are doing, and that can be an advantage, but also can be misused. 

The signs of burnout
  • You dread going to work in the morning.
  • You show up late or find reasons to leave early.
  • You feel bored or don’t want to engage with the work when you’re there.
  • You’re complaining about work a lot.
  • You check your work email first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.
  • You plan all your vacations, so you are always available in case they suddenly need you.
  • You’re having frequent work dreams and nightmares.