At one point in my life, I had a job which I’d poured everything into turn toxic. When I looked back on it now, I see the pervasive negativity that came out of everything I said during that time in my life. There were a lot of hard lessons learned during that time of my life.
One of them is to identify when toxic negativity is becoming a part of my attitude, and to nip it in the bud. I will still occasionally share with friends and family that I’m under a lot of stress. In my current position, we’ve been understaffed for a long time, and that takes its toll. So sometimes, I need to hear someone else tell me I’ll get through. That hat little bit of encouragement is all I need to reinforce what I already know.
I like my job. I like my company. I work for people I’m happy to work with, and I work with people who have my back. I’m in a good situation. Like everyone, sometimes I just need a break.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
― Robert Louis Stevenson
Another big lesson I learned was to pay attention to how much of myself I’m committing to work.
I never used to consider myself a workaholic, but I’ve recognized that over the years I’ve developed a strong focus on whatever my work is. While kept in balance, that’s okay, but when that becomes the majority of my life, the results are damaging. I make an effort to keep that from happening.
I probably still put more time into work than I should, but I keep myself grounded in friends and activities which I care about and which aren’t associated with work at all. It keeps me happy. It keeps me well rounded. And in the end, it makes me a better worker.