Hi I’m Brendan and I had a problem with work life balance. Really, I just worked myself silly and did it do me any good? No! Luckily I found these tips and am sharing them with you! …You’re welcome!

Throughout uni I worked seven days a week and had about a thousand jobs.

Well that last bit is a lie. I do like to exaggerate sometimes #soznotsoz. I did however, have probably one too many jobs. Are four casual jobs, an internship, and full time uni too much?

I thought not, but my doctor kept telling me to slow down.

If you wanted to Netflix and Chill you’d have to make an appointment three months in advance.

You wanna go out for drinks? I think I could squeeze you in on 4th December… Next year.

My real question was WTF is a weekend? It’s this mysterious thing I heard happy people talk about all the time. Whatever it is, I really hoped Santa gave me one each Christmas. I promised I’ve been a good boy!

I never got bored because I was never in one place for more than a few hours. I was always on my feet and moving. And who could complain about all the cash money $$$ am I right????

But there are always cons right?

This list could be endless but number one was obvs sleep. #Lol. Most nights I had a solid 3 hour nap. I’d fall asleep everywhere and everywhere, my concentration was minimal.

My immune system decided to have party all the time and I’d get a cold more regularly than others.

When my doctor told me to slow down I’d say #YOLO “Ain’t nobody got time for that”.

What I should’ve done is actually listened to my doctor.

All this wasn’t good, especially for my physical and mental health. And I’m glad I did eventually slow down before it got dangerous.

So how have I made it this far without actually dying?

Here’s some things I’ve learnt so far in my life!

  • It’s ok to say “no” sometimes. This one I’ve only just discovered and I’m slowly learning to say no. I’m such a yes man. To the point where it’s bad for my health.

 

  • It’s all about working smarter not harder! Have a look at your commitments, is there anything you can shuffle around to make it smarter for you. Where you work less but gain more from it?

 

  • Take some time for you! This is allowed! Don’t feel guilty. You work hard. You deserve this. Book a massage, watch a movie, go for a jog or just sit and not do anything. Whatever you love or want just do it! This was the most important part for my mental health.

 

  • Get a good night’s sleep. Make the bedroom only for two activities, sleeping and sleeping ;P. I banned myself from bringing any electronic devices into the bedroom and I found it really worked for me to fall asleep quicker. Try to limit yourself from bright lights after a certain period at night and try some zen music to chill you out.

 

Now don’t get too excited! You can’t change everything all at once and expect it to work. It’ll be impossible to stick with it all. To be successful, you’re going to need to take it one step at a time. Think about changing one thing at a time and move onto the next.

I used these four tips and now have a weekend and am loving life even more!

Good luck!

 

By Brendan Modini

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