Work is the inevitable reality in our lives that hinders us from relishing all of the world’s greatest pleasures. We all grew up thinking that if we don’t work, we can’t afford those happy night outs, a new hobby, or that shiny new iPhone. Even though some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, someone is still doing some of the work, one way or another. This is completely fine, but I could never understand why some people dedicate their whole lives to working.
I only know that there is hard work or none but as individuals, we can’t just be working all the time. We are not robots and we can’t push our bodies to operate on full capacity because we don’t just have an on and off button. We have emotions and different dimensions of being. To be whole, we need to feed each and every single one of them. Because it’s human nature and socially accepted that our lives have to include work, we need to remind ourselves and do our best to nourish and balance it with what we call… LIFE.
Prioritize your health
Look after yourself because you can’t work if you’re not physically able. Enroll yourself in your preferred yoga studio and watch yourself become more efficient and alert throughout the day. Trust me. You’ll meet those tight deadlines in a snap with all your newfound energy.
Make time for leisure
What’s all your hard-earned cash for if you’re not going to spend it? By this, I don’t mean spending all of it in one go, but spend it in useful things that fulfill you. Buy a good book. Take guitar lessons. Enroll in a fitness class. Having something else to do within 24 hours besides work or sleep can mentally stimulate you and make you even more productive when you do work.
Don’t forget your relationships
One thing my wealthy friends tell me (more often than not) is that financial stability can never be a substitute for good relationships with parents, children, and partners. As cliche as it may sound, work hard, but play harder. Be the kind of dad who leaves work at 5pm to fetch his child in school and doesn’t work on weekends to watch his football games.
You may even want to include spiritual growth as one of your considerations. I mean, you do have to keep looking back at the purpose of working hard day in and day out. It helps if you keep yourself extra motivated by something intangible, which will reassure you of its undying presence and infinite support in all your endeavors.
Bottom line, dividing your time between work and play instead of dedicating it solely to work can do wonders and be beneficial to you. Make an effort to dedicate time for life outside of work. You’ll thank yourself.
Caption: “We have emotions and different dimensions of being. To be whole, we need to feed each and every single one of them. Because it’s human nature and socially accepted that our lives have to include work, we need to remind ourselves and do our best to nourish and balance it with what we call… LIFE.”