With technology the way it is now, it’s harder than ever to really disconnect from work on our time off and just focus on life. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know what I would do most days without technology, but it does make it easier to keep that work tether to our brain. We are all guilty of it, we are sitting on the couch enjoying our new binge worthy show and we hear the “ping” of an email coming in, and we automatically reach for our phone to check it. I touched base on this in my Habits not Resolution’s blog, I am terrible when it comes to “clocking out” and turning my brain off of work mode. I think it’s a mix between caring so much about my company and having anxiety of ever messing up or missing something that I live in a certain level of panic mode that something is going to happen, and I am somehow going to miss it.
I am such a planner that I am always thinking years ahead, but I need that reminder to enjoy the now as well. Especially this last year when we were first all working from home, and my work was very sporadic, I found myself working ALL DAY because what else was there to do? It’s almost like there wasn’t enough work to do, so whenever I thought of something, or got an email, I felt like I had to drop everything to work on it. I realized that somehow, I was working less hours, but I was spending more time thinking about, and worrying about all of my work.
Without any true hobbies, and without the ability to go spend time with friends and family like we were used to, I needed a new outlet to put my time and energy. This is why I’m so grateful that we had just moved into a new home not too long before, and we had projects on projects that we wanted to work on. I quickly learned that the manual labor of getting our new yards into a good shape was exactly what I needed to distract myself from the constant ding of my phone and work out any frustrations that 2020 brought my way. It gave me an outlet to feel productive and it was really beneficial. This is something that I am going to try to carry with me into this next event season, instead of losing myself in the hecticness of it all. I am going to take the time to enjoy my time outside in the yard, hand watering the grass and working in the garden gives me the pride of a job well done (when things actually grow… wah wah 2020 plants) and will give my mind a break from the events on my brain. Whatever it is that helps you get through it all, you have to make time even in the busy season to give yourself that. Without keeping up a good balance you will end up burning yourself out and then you won’t be able to give it your all anymore.