For the next few months, the end goal is fairly straight forward: reclaim life. Being a student and a working professional has created an unhealthy work monster with no sense of what *down-time* means. The word relax only serves to bring up memories of an 80s era full of synthesizers and classic music videos.
Somehow, I got it into my head that filling up every hour with “productive” tasks would be just the thing that would help me accomplish career and personal goals quickerfaster thus leading to a great big dose of Happy. Instead what I’ve earned are poor sleeping and eating habits, silent wishes for germ inhabitants so that I can have a valid excuse not to do anything, and a blank-eyed expression when asked the question, “So, when are you free?”
Where is the Happy in that??
I’m not the only one who experiences the work/ life imbalance and I’m often one of the first to chastise others for not taking enough time for themselves. Just a little hypocritical, perhaps. So, I’m working on taking my own advice and the words of wisdom from a TEDx Talk: Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work. This time around, I’m not just nodding emphatically to the concept of change but seeking to implement a true change in behavior and in mindset to create more room for Happy.
Could I… Carve out some time for a positive journal writing session? Make time for exercise? Take a drive to a nearby park for some outdoor meditation? The answer is a simple “yes.” There’s time for work; why not find time for writing, sweating, meditating? The tips are simple enough yet so often they get pushed to the sidelines by the idea that working longerharderfaster will ultimately lead to some pleasurable sense of being. The truth? It doesn’t. Having a positive outlook and an internal sense of well-being are the things that happiness is made of and more happiness leads to far more productivity, creativity, and success than all the 16 oz cups of coffee and multitasking devices in the world could ever bring.
Change the lens through which you view the world and change your life? What a novel idea.
“[It’s] the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.” — Shawn Achor