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10 Ways to Not “Lose Yourself” in Work?

Posted by Valencia on September 10th, 2009

Okay, I’m seriously guilty of this. Although I’ve calmed down over the years and I take time for myself, I have the potential of becoming a workaholic. You know what I mean….taking on project after project, working on the weekends, etc. But I’ve found a happy balance. And to keep this balance, I sometimes have to redirect my focus and limit the amount of time I spend on projects.

So, how can you not lose yourself in work?

  1. 1. Rather than eat between assignments, spend no less than 60 minutes on lunch - everyday.
  2. 2. Incorporate exercise into your routine–go for a walk or hit the gym for good health and energy.
  3. 3. Adjust your schedule, and if possible, work a four-day week.
  4. Turn off the computer and aim to stop working after eight hours.
  5. Limit your work week to five days–anything more than this and you’re headed for burnout.
  6. Learn how to turn down projects without feeling guilty.
  7. If you’re super busy, get an assistant or delegate your work. Let someone else worry about minor details.
  8. Don’t be greedy….if you continually take on work–and you don’t need the cash—don’t complain about your lack of free time.
  9. Take a vacation–give your mind and body the chance to recharge.
  10. Get a personal organizer (PDA or day planner), and don’t forget to use it–I’m guilty of this.

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