First published in 1988, the top-selling book Too Busy Not to Pray explores ways to nurture one’s spiritual side when life gets hectic. Perhaps we need a complementary book, Too Busy Not to Have Fun, to repurpose us for enjoying daily life inside and outside of work hours.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent of three preschoolers, or a middle school teacher struggling with the challenges of standardized testing, try these suggestions for protecting yourself (and the kids who are absorbing your attitudes) from fatigue and burnout.
Most working-age people spend one-third to three-fourths of their waking hours on job-related activities, housecleaning/DIY projects, and/or volunteer work. If something deserves that much of your time, isn’t it important enough to enjoy doing?
I’m not referring to watching television while cleaning, but to enjoying your actual work. If you can’t honestly say you value your duties for more than supporting the basic needs of life, maybe you’re at the wrong office or in the wrong field. Or you might simply have a negativity habit, which can be remedied by rethinking your daily approach:
Important as it is to enjoy your work, true life balance includes time for pure leisure—no matter how long your to-do list is.
If you read all the above muttering, “That sounds great—if I had time to take on anything new,” quit wishing that life would organize itself for your benefit, and get proactive. Make room for the new by unloading some of the old.