| According to W.H. Auden, In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it—not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.|
Do you find your work fruitful? What connotes success to you? How do you go about keeping yourself fit for your work? How much work is too much? Who decides? Here are some guidelines to making and keeping yourself fit for your life and work:
GARRO’S SELF-CARE ACRONYM
S–erve yourself as well as others
E–nthusiastically wake up excited to start each day
L–ove yourself first and learn to at least accept all others
F–orgive yourself first and learn to forgive others
C–are compassionately about people, places and things that matter to you
R–ecognize right from wrong with personal discernment
E–at right for nourishment and exercise for fitness every day
Self-care commitment makes you continually self-assess to avoid physical and mental flabbiness. People go stale when they fail to stay excited about their lives. People whose lives are their work suffer spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Think about the workaholic. Workaholics work, eat, and essentially live in their workplace. However much they accomplish, it is never enough to satisfy them. Trying to do more work faster adds strength-sapping stress, makes them feel like they are running with a cement mixer on their backs.
Workaholics work constantly, because they feel they must. They give themselves no other choices. Keep at the forefront of your mind the fact that the highest stress comes from seeing no options or choosing between either/or forced choices. The greater the number of options you see for yourself or are able to create for yourself, the lower your stress levels.
Think about the work you are doing right now within the framework of these How Suited Are You to Your Work? Questions–
• What are your natural abilities?
• Do you enjoy working with tools and machinery?
• Do you feel most comfortable performing administrative tasks where you follow specific steps?
• Do you like to sell?
• Do you function better in a team atmosphere?
• Do you prefer to work alone?
• Are you comfortable and able managing others?
• Do you prefer a position where you are not required to manage staff?
• Do you feel most comfortable in leadership positions?
How does what you say you want and like to do fit in with what you are now doing? What are your three top business goals right now? How do they fit into the framework of your answers to these nine questions?
Take a hard look at your work life. What’s rubbing you the wrong way? What isn’t enough? What is too much? What small step action can you see yourself taking right now to improve your quality of life at work? What has kept you from doing it? What would it take to get you to plant the seeds for a happier work experience? Put yourself in change mode and make a commitment to improve your satisfaction at work.
Jobs are stress farms. That’s why managing your stress levels becomes so important to creating a work life you’ll love. Stress control includes enabling yourself to do what needs to get done where you have to do it. Your commitment to weed out stress at work forces you to ask if a problem is your problem before you jump in to solve it or tell somebody else how to solve it. You make yourself more resilient, less likely to blow up, get sick, or burn out when you pay attention to what is yours to pay attention to. Along the way you get to know how much you can take, when to ease up on yourself, and how to keep the important stuff from falling through the cracks. Here’s an acronym that speaks to my personal Stress-Freedom Monitoring System–
S–peak and listen skillfully
T–ell it like it is
R–elax at least twice a day, even if only for a few minutes
E–at sensibly for nourishment instead of using food to nurture yourself
S–leep soundly, whatever you have to do to make that happen
S–tay unattached to outcomes
F–orgive yourself and others easily and frequently
R–efrain from negativity, including carrying second-hand tales
E–nthusiastidcally live your life
E–xercise at least three times a week for at least thirty minutes
D–are to fail as you strive to gain and maintain success
O–rder from your workplace—ask for what you want
M–aintain supportive relationships
Are you catching the overlaps in the acronyms for Self-Care and Stress Freedom?
Have questions? Give me a call. I have been a proactive, happy patient for many decades, practicing what I have shared about win/win medical treatment and recovery.