|Play a little bit all week long|
I have thought about this for awhile. Here is a question (and it's not a bad one)...could it be because we give ourselves permission to be happy, relaxed and focused on our real lives on the weekend? Do we just let our hair down and and think, "Boy-oh-boy, I can sleep in; wear no make-up; live in comfy clothes; spend more time with the kids; cook; read; veg; watch television - movies; get outside; nap; stay inside; paint; write; decorate; repair; shop...do you see where I am going with this?
Hey, I am right there with ya, buddy! I am peddling that work wheel all week too! (say that three times very quickly-- sounds like... would a woodchuck chuck...). Yeah, we do chuck wood. All week. It doesn't matter if we love our job or not. We are still, each and every one of us, not starting our day with our own agenda. Man, who gets to do that? The very, very wealthy?
We are not alone. A recent study of more than 50,000 employees from a variety of manufacturing and service organizations found that two out of every five are dissatisfied with the balance between their work and their personal lives.
How do you get a more balanced work and personal life so the weekend isn't the only freedom you have? Here are some tips that might work for you...
- Negotiate and change your hours at work -- can you flex or go part-time?
- Get a new job -- some jobs are more stressful than others and suck the life right out of you.
- Take a good hard look at consulting or free-lancing. Can you make it work financially?
- Schedule fewer meetings...really, and schedule more time in between them. Talk to your team and see how you can eliminate some meetings. They will cheer!