Getting a job in the current climate is no easy feat. People are recruiting less, and many posts that were once in abundance are now being phased out due to technological advancements. So when you do gain employment, it can feel like your world is falling into place. You have a steady wage and more opportunities to go out and socialise, which in many modern-day economies, shouldn't be sniffed at.
But maybe it's those realities that don't allow us to switch off. Instead, we labour away and often forget about the most important things in life like spending time with our family and friends. Even our passions that we practised and enjoyed as a child can become things of the past.
But they needn't be! Instead, we at Lifehack Lane believe in the importance of a healthy lifestyle outside the office and with ten simple suggestions from us, we hope you'll follow suit.
1. Hometime means home time
When you were at school, the moment the clock struck 3, you were no doubt out of that place like a Japanese bullet train. And while your job is likely a career rather than an area of temporary education, it ties you down by a contract and nothing else.
So if you're productive in the day and feel like you've done enough, then don't feel obliged to stay any longer than your designated hours.
2. Say no
“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” Those were the words from the best-selling writer, Paulo Cohelo, and we at Lifehack Lane are strong advocates of the power 'no' too. It can be just as liberating as its opposite and gives us the ability to say yes to other things that we might deem to be of more importance.
So if you don't want to go that office reception party but want to see your old school friends instead, then don't feel bad by not going. It's a free country, after all.
3. Plan your next working week on the weekend
A five-day working week isn't easy, and the days of the 9-5 are becoming less and less common. Instead, people often work 50-60 hour weeks, in industries that aren't even that financially lucrative. So when you do have a chance to rest, plan your week, so it doesn't feel as daunting.
Then, if you do have social opportunities that arise, you won't feel so overwhelmed as you'd have made enough time in your day to leave on time and not well into the evening.
4 .Exercise before work
Getting up in the morning is hard, and even for ardent gym goers, exercising knowing you have a whole day ahead can seem unbearable. But most who work out in the morning are injected with an array of endorphins, giving them that natural boost.
What's more, working out after work can take up a whole evening which could instead be spent socialising with a friend, while your energy levels from an evening workout will increase, making it harder to sleep.
5. Get into work half an hour earlier
Today, many offices have 24-hour access, and though that doesn't mean working from 12 am to 8 am, it does afford you to mix your hours up a bit.
So if your regular hours are 9-5, why not adjust it to 8-4? You'll miss the morning rush and evening rush hour and also have an extra hour to yourself at home, which can make all the difference.
6. Create a list of things that you want/need doing
Lists are great things to keep, and they can make for great reminders and motivations. So if you want to pursue a goal you've always you've never felt you've had enough time for, then write a list of the things that need to be done to achieve that goal.
Or if you're feeling mentally exhausted, write a list of the things you love most. It sounds simple, but you'll be surprised how organised you'll feel just by penning things down.
7. Join a group/team
One thing adults are terrible at is sticking with what they love most. And that's a great shame because many adults who withhold their dreams end up regretting it later in life because, with a bit of hard work, any dream has the potential to come true.
So if you want to write, then join a writing group. It will provide opportunities to meet like-minded people as well as offer valuable feedback before you write that epic first novel! Or if you enjoy dancing, join a club after work. Even gyms offer an array of different dance classes right through from urban street to salsa classes. And the same goes for anything else.
8. Start working on a passion project
If joining a club sounds daunting, then pick something up in your own time. If it's writing, then get into a habit of writing a few hundred words once or twice a week. Or if you want to get back into painting, then stick some music on in the background on a late Sunday afternoon and reacquaint yourself with the brush and canvas.
All it requires is a bit of motivation, and perhaps even a bit of fear that your life will soon be over before you know it. So make the most of it!
9. If single, make time for a date every now and then
Spending the odd evening with a potential partner after a day of spreadsheet analysis can be one of the best ways to have fun. After all, with the advent of Tinder and similar services, arranging yourself a date has never been easier.
It may seem daunting, and the prospect may make you cringe, but once dating, you'll already be giving yourself ample opportunities to meet someone who's perfect for you and makes life that tad more bearable.
10. Don't plan too many things in one week
Like with saying yes to too many events and invitations, giving yourself an endless list of tasks- no matter how organised you are- can quickly burn you out. So learn to take solace in the art of relaxing. It can be hard, especially if you're of a more hard-wired and restless disposition.
But, in the words of Nicholas Sparks (a man who writes one book a year), "You gotta know when to be lazy. Done correctly, it's an art form that benefits everyone."