Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Don't Let Your Job Get to You


Don't Let Your Job Get to You




Get yourself a job - that's the No 1 priority on everyone's mind. But once you are a part of the rat race, sooner or later you get bogged down by 'Work Stress'. Why do people succumb to work pressures? What makes work such a stressful activity?
That's because we forget that a job is just a job. It is not you, nor is it an extension of you. It is simply a part of your life that is meant to enable you to lead a comfortable existence. Yes, it is as minuscule as it sounds. Why then all the fuss? What's the deal with a 24×7 work mode? If you get uncomfortable when you have absolutely nothing to do, or if you never make weekend plans because you want to be available should some appointment come up - then you really need to ask yourself - How did a mere operational function become the dominating centre of your life?
Everyone agrees that family life was just as important as work. We all maintain that work-life balance is a must. However, if your idea of maintaining a balance is to leave office early, spend the evening with family and kids, and once they're all in bed, resume working through your remote access systems, then you need to redefine balance.
Quite a tragic proposition, wouldn't you say?
The point is to ensure that while at work, nothing other than professional matters have your attention, complete and whole. And once you are through for the day, let the laptop recharge, your grey cells rest, and your heart lighten.
Hence, when at work, keep the personal calls (SMSes) to a minimum, ban frivolous web surfing, stay clear of office gossip and simply keep your mind at the task at hand.
It is also important, especially in the age of office politics, that your colleagues and work culture don't dictate to you the person you should be. Abiding by a dress code and office decorum is standard procedure, but changing your attitude to fit into an organisation is murder. Because, after a career of 20-25 years you will be searching for the real you, in fact much earlier.
Be open to change, and accept evolution, but never lose the essence that makes you the person you are. Retain 'you', no matter how difficult it may seem, because when the going gets tough, you will solace in being simply yourself.
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