We’re all in a credit crunch so are bound to face hardships, so it’s even more important now to have strategies in place so that we’re less stressed.
When I was younger and in full time work, looking back I am convinced I got my priorities wrong. It’s important to keep down a job, budget and pay the bills, but a lot of my time was spent making other people happy, having to conform to what society expected me to do.
I was keen to do well, but was also expected to work overtime, for which I didn’t get paid. I was also expected to come in early if the work warranted and was expected to help out where other people needed me to. My time was someone else’s time, never my own. My employers never looked after me and I was too naïve to think about doing anything about it.
Of course I see things differently now. We should all see things differently. We need to assess our time so we know how busy we’re willing to be. We have to work, there is no question about that, some of us have little to no choice but to put in the hours, but should we work the hours we’re asked to work?
Some of us will have a choice whether we choose to work the hours we do, for those of us who don’t have a choice; it’s important to try to find some ‘me’ time somewhere in our day. We really need to assess our priorities and make our priorities work for us.
Some people are fortunate enough to work in flexible jobs. Others, job share so that they can cut down their hours to spend more time with their families. The economy doesn’t help, we’ve all been bitten in one-way or another, but perhaps that’s even more reason for us to fit ‘me’ time in.
It’s also important to make sure that our goals tie in with our values in life. If our priorities are family, sacrificing family time to reach our work goal may cause more stress. Be sure to leave time for both, so that work and family life is not compromised.