There comes a time when you work as hard as I do that motivation begins to run a little bit lower, and fatigue begins to bog you down day in and day out.
This burnout is something that I have experienced many times in my career. I tend to always be going a million miles an hour, trying to finish every task, make everybody happy, and seldomly making time for myself. In the past I’ve worked myself into the ground just in time to take a vacation and start this vicious cycle over again. People always talk about having a work-life balance, but what does this mean, and how is it done.
In the past months I’ve gone through some crazy experiences that have pulled me away from working as much as I usually do. I have a new girlfriend, I bought my first property, and I got into a car accident. While these things are drastically different they do all have one thing in common, they’ve taken my mind off the game, and surprisingly, I’m not upset about that.
Sure, it’s been a bit strange not having the pedal to the metal many hours a day and grinding through tasks until the wee hours of the morning, but I’ve noticed positives coming from this as well. Overall I find myself feeling better overall about life with these changes, despite 2 of them being quite stressful for me. On top of this not working so much has allowed my brain to think more clearly and I’m able to formulate better ideas and strategies when I take a timeout to brainstorm, rather than worrying about a mountain of tasks I’ve taken on to try to keep everyone happy. There’s more to life than work and money, and I’m slowly starting to realize that.
The biggest negative of all of this for me in the moment, is also probably the biggest upside for my career development in the long term. I always take on every task handed to me to keep everyone happy all the time, and this isn’t necessarily healthy. My biggest downfall if you were to ask anyone around me would be organization, I take on a million things, and work extremely long hours to get them all done. This step back has given me this need to become more organized and keep my tasks in order to keep myself from falling behind. Sure enough, I’m actually more caught up now than I was for months of working late into the night.
That’s enough for now, but more to come from my past, present, and future. As always I hope what I’m writing can be relatable to some people out there, and help you find ways to become a better version of yourself as well, personally and professionally.
Until Next Time.