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4 Steps to Developing a Work Moderation Plan That Works For You

Steps to Developing a Work Moderation Plan

Imagine your life as four spokes in a wheel:

  1. Self: attending to the personal needs of rest and physical exercise, nutrition, relaxation, and spiritual practices.
  2. Relationships: spending time and nurturing relationships with significant loved ones and friends.
  3. Play: spending time in fun activities and social pastimes such as hobbies, recreation, and leisure.
  4. Work: being effective and productive, enjoying what you do for a living, working in harmony with coworkers, and working moderately while attending to other areas of your life.

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Think of your inner critic as a part of you, not all of you. This gives you distance from it and keeps you from attacking yourself.

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Give to the voice of Confidence more of the time you were giving to your inner Critic, letting it acknowledge your accomplishments and positive qualities.

You can try imagining Confidence sitting across from you in a chair, as you listen to what it has to say.

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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.

Refocus Your Attention

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.