So I was thinking.
Working can be seen as very similar to working out. A job and a workout have some nice similarities.
And I realised that, with semester soon to be finished, some of us might be working a little bit more, especially if we aren’t doing any subjects over Semester 3. So perhaps it would be a good idea to write a blog about how we can try and maintain that work-life balance and apply ourselves a bit more at our jobs.
Probably just like I could apply myself to working out a bit more than I have been.
For example, sometimes you don’t want to work out, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I actually haven’t been to my gym in months and this saddens me. Gym memberships aren’t cheap. And it appears as though I’m working to not work out. Ironic.
I find that work is all about balance. We don’t want to work all day, every day, with no light on the horizon such as a night out with friends or a romantic date with a special friend. Similarly, after a hectic day working on your legs, you don’t want to go back to gym early the next day. Instead, we’d prefer to have a sleep in. Relax a little. We never want to exhaust ourselves, whether at work or at the gym.
On the other hand, we do need to workout at least a little bit. We don’t want to finish the semester, with beach season on the horizon, and feel quite lacklustre about the whole thing. We need to make sure we work and have some money coming in so that we can afford the many social endeavours we have to look forward to once semester is over!
For, you see, I feel as though it’s very difficult to have one without the other. I believe it is quite necessary to push ourselves at our job, so that we can go and enjoy ourselves afterwards. And we make that enjoyment all the sweeter due to the hard effort we put in earlier. That, of course, is not only true for work but for study as well.
But, sometimes it is hard to find that motivation to push ourselves at work, so I thought I’d share a few of the ways I’ve been able to do it in my own workplaces:
- Stay happy! Everybody enjoys a fun workplace, and none of your co-workers will want to be around you if you constantly complain about your job or other things.
- Be energetic and upbeat. I find being energetic at work makes me enjoy it more than if I’m being lacklustre.
- Enjoy the little things. When there is something about your job that you do enjoy, make sure that you savour it and enjoy the moment.
- Try to have a good relationship with your co-workers. Nothing is worse than working with people you can’t have a conversation with.
What are some of the ways you keep yourself motivated at work?