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In order to really be free of being a workaholic, it requires a person to make healthy
changes in their life that will support a healthier and more balanced mindset. The thing
to remember is that every person is a work in progress, so you don’t need to do all of
these in one day, just try to incorporate the ideas gradually. The more mindful you
become, the easier it will be to add new suggestions to the list.
Make Sleep A Priority
This one can be a tough one for people who become very engaged in their work. It’s
easy to stay awake all night reading different pieces of information or mulling over the
same issues you have with a project. This process can take away from your valuable
sleep time, so you have to make getting a good night’s sleep a priority.
You have to make the decision that no matter what interesting thing or imperfection you
find, that sleep remains the eventual focus of the evening. That’s not to say that you
shouldn’t finish those last few minutes of work that will make sure you’re finished
completely, but be sure to be strict with yourself. If you know that 5 extra minutes will
turn into 2 hours, then just go straight to bed.
Make A List
You will see people repeating information about making list forever until the end of time.
The reason why is because it works. A list allows you to easily see your progress and
track when you’ve finished something by crossing it off. There’s few things that are
more satisfying than the experience of crossing off an entire list of tasks. If it’s
something you’ve never done, then it should be highly recommended.
A lot of times you really want to get things over with, but when you rush you might not
be taking the time that you should be taking to make sure that you are producing
quality. Take your time and finish at a comfortable pace. This is most possible when you
begin projects as soon as you can.
Don’t Compare Yourself Others
It’s important to set your own standards. Comparing yourself to other people who may
have more than you or have a certain kind of house can cause a lot of suffering. It’s A
toxic mindset that has very little value, and it can prevent you from making the changes
that you have to make to attain those successes. Learn to be patient with yourself and
live your truth. That can be enough to make you feel motivated to reach for the stars.
Learn to Say No
If you’re used to being available to people at the touch of a button, this one could be
extremely challenging, but it’s needed if you want to take care of your mental health.
There’s nothing worse than being spread too thin.
When you are saying yes, it may feel good to be the savior of the day, but when you
deliver your work too late and too rushed, you’ll look more like the villain. Managing the
expectations of others and being more focused on what you actually need to be doing
will bring you more peace.
Pre-determine what you need to say yes to so when you need to say no, it is easier. Ask yourself if you have the bandwidth for adding this item to your plate. What might you need to say no to in order to take care of you and not create more burden? Spend some time today thinking about what areas are most important to you so you can say yes to those important items and no to the ones that are not serving your best interests.
One more article to come in this group of posts. What areas will you change your answer from yes to no?