WorkLife Serenity: Cold Turkey Style
Tell the truth, at least to yourself. You've got at least one pair of old shoes barely holding on lingering on the rack near your back door porch, in your closet, or hiding inconspicuously with maybe just a toe or heal poking through that bag of clothing meant for Good Will.
You want to get rid of them, but you tell yourself, " I might need those for my red dress," or "When's the next time I'll get to the mall for a new pair of sneakers?" What is the worst that could happen if you just threw those stinky things out without a regret? I'd wager that you probably wouldn't even miss them. Such is the way we hold onto old behaviors that we hope will yield fruit, but are most likely just taking us another step closer to burnout. Adding to the grind - one last phone call, a few more e-mails or another hour or two at work.
Our behavior in the competitive 24/7 world we live in can wear us thin in the serenity department. Meditation is one tool for success and serenity in the workplace. But we can't even begin positive changes in the elusive quest for worklife balance, until we divest ourselves of the little habits that perpetually keep us on a path toward worklife exhaustion.
Frankly, I don't think attaining serenity at work or in business can happen overnight. But perhaps there's an "old shoe" or rather habit, that you can quit cold turkey. Just one thing. It's a start.
Stopping the workday is not the norm, but if you have subtle reminders around the office or in your home it might be a little easier. Here's a list of steps to ensure you take that needed break during your workday.
1. Set your computer alarm for the same time every day to take a break.
2. At the top of the hour take one minute to do some deep breathing.
3. After a long conference call, take a walk around your office.
4. Instead of sending an e-mail to a colleague who has an office nearby - take the time to walk to their desk or office for a quick conversation.
5. Assign a piece of jewelry that you wear often as the reminder. When you notice you are wearing it at any point of the day, take a quick water break. (within limits)
6. Keep a picture of your significant other or children on your desk. When stress arises or anxiety increases, take a look at it and go to a place of gratitude.
7. Head to a website which has some comforting music that can be easily played for a 5 minute break.