Comparing the world from today to the world as it was 30 years ago, a lot has changed. Technology has been the main factor in this change. Smartphones, tablets and laptops, or let’s say the internet, has given people access to anything and everything they want to learn about. This also means people are now more knowledgable than they would have been before the internet. For many reasons it has improved our way of living. But there is a major factor in which I think we are also making things very hard on ourselves. We are all on it: social media. With social media the competition between people has been playing a big role in how we live. And the problem is, we don’t even know we are always competing. We believe we have to be this perfect human being who works more hours than a full time job, has to look a certain way, has to workout everyday, eat healthy, and on top of that has to have many friends and a healthy social life. How are we doing this? Why are we doing this?
It start with what companies write in their job vacancies: “You don’t have a 9 to 5 mentality.” To which my question is: Why is having a 9 to 5 mentality a bad thing? Honestly, why! I know from myself that I cannot be ON for the whole entire day when it comes to work. I know I am a morning person, and I can be very productive in the morning. That is my prime time! But how later it gets, how less concentrated I get. And I am sure I am not the only person who has this. Around 5 o’clock, when it is time to finish up work, I can be exhausted sometimes and I need to do some other activity to rewind and eventually wind down. That means cooking dinner, cleaning the house, workout, having friends over or going to see friends. For me it is all about balance.
We all need balance. People who believe they don’t need a break from work often don’t even notice they are working to a burnout until it’s too late. It is almost inevitable. But why do we have the need to always be ON? It’s really the idea of the hustle, the idea of always having to improve yourself. Ask yourself the question: where is all this getting me? Is it healthy what I’m doing? Do I have balance in my life?
For me, the quality of life is all that matters. I want to work in a positive environment with people who I am comfortable around. If I am in the right space, it is so much more fun and easier to work hard. But I also need quality personal time, in the evening and in the weekend, to gain energy for a new work day. I don’t ever want to look back on my life and have to say that I regret not spending more time with my family and friends because all I was doing was work. It’s all about balance people!