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  • Writer's pictureScott Grizzle

Has Work Taken Over Your Life?

One day you wake up exhausted, frustrated and unhappy. You begin searching for reasons why you feel so unhappy and can't remember the last time you felt joy and peace. Then you suddenly realize that you haven't had a "real day off" in weeks, months or even years. You sigh a deep sigh and wonder how you're ever going to return to a sense of balance.

I would like to offer a mantra to help you not only get back on track, but keep you there.


Sounds too simple, right? It is simple, but it's not easy. You might be thinking, "well, my job IS my life!" So how is that working for you? Here's the principle: If you don't create a healthy lifestyle that allows you to work your job and live your life, you will eventually live your job and be forced to work at life.

Here are a few tips to help you get back on track:


I don't mean that as an insult, but as a prompt to help you think about your life outside of work. What does it look like? Do you work all day and then come home to only worry about work until the next day? What are your interests and hobbies outside of work? Find life-giving activities to do outside of work that help you enjoy nature, have fun and enjoy time with the most important people in your life.


Setting boundaries is perhaps the most difficult thing to do when it comes to your job. Experts will tell you that people who work constantly are less productive than the ones who have good balance in their lives. The key is to set boundaries with your boss or clients so that you're not always "on demand." You should also set boundaries with yourself realizing that the company will probably not go under if you return that email tomorrow or let it ride until Monday.


Life happens in seasons. Some seasons are busier than others. For example, if you're starting a new business or having a full semester in school, you are going to be busier than normal - and that's ok. However, when you're in a season that's less intense, take advantage of it because seasons change. Busy seasons don't have to be chaotic. Set a good routine and structure for your life that will allow you time to take care of yourself.

Your work is important, but so is your life. Jim Rohn said, "Either you run the day, or the day will run you!" My encouragement to you is that you can take your life back and you can do it today. All you have to do is take a few steps that will help you - WORK YOUR JOB, LIVE YOUR LIFE!

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