If you are anything like me, you get work guilt – the feeling you get when you have a few seconds spare time and feel bad for enjoying it because really you should be working right? Wrong!
I’m making a big resolution this year to say NO to work guilt and to be thankful and appreciate weekends, quiet days, coffee breaks, finishing the day at 5pm (miracle!) or sleeping in those extra few minutes on a week day morning.
Sometimes these little things are required, sometimes it’s important to take a quick break to unload with a friend during your lunch break and sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable to walk away from your desk when it hits 5pm.
Despite what society says (and for us work lovers – our minds!) working all the time doesn’t make us better people or more worthy. We deserve moments of relaxation, calmness and peace which is totally separate from our abilities in the office.
Work guilt plagues all of us – especially in this day and age, when we are constantly connected to our smartphones it’s easy to feel that we should always be on our emails, updating our blogs, social media profiles and everything else on our to-do list that we forget to live in the moment.
Do you need some help ridding yourself of work guilt? Here are some tips:
- Plan your day and be productive: We all love to accomplish things in the day and there’s nothing better than crossing off those items on your to-do list. So in order to leave the office or to end the day on a positive note, make sure you write down your list of essentials and put them on the top. Allocate a certain amount of time for each task, including breaks and your finishing time for the day. Once you’ve crossed off those essentials you will feel much better about walking away from your desk.
- Give yourself some credit: You work hard, so rejoice and be proud! You know you do wonderful work and you’ll do ever better work if you switch off and recharge over the weekend or head home and spend some quality time with your family or friends.
- Set boundaries: With our emails constantly going off, it’s easy to feel like we need to respond at all hours of the day and night. Make sure you set yourself some boundaries, stick to them (and let others know) so you don’t get sucked into finishing a quick task at home, or sorting through your emails when you should be winding down for the day.
- Remember there’s plenty of time: If you’re ever in doubt about switching off, remind yourself that there really is plenty of time to get everything that’s needed to get done, done. Just focus on the important things in life and trust that everything will work out!
Do you ever feel work guilt? Do you have some great tips to combat it? Comment and share below!