How do I manage to work less and enjoy life more?

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Would you like to spend more time doing the things you want to do and less of the things that someone else wants?  Working hard and playing less can really take a toll on your physical, mental and spiritual systems.  So how do you go about lessening your work and increasing your play time?  Well, if you are the boss it’s a little easier, but it can be done by everyone regardless of your position in a company.  First thing you have to do is decide what is important and what is not.  If you think everything that crosses your desk is the most important thing for you to do with your day, I’m guessing you are living on coffee, those little vials of energy boosts and soda, right?  Why do you feel so tired?  If your work takes up a majority of your day and you are stuck indoors that can drain your energy and motivation (I’m not even going to touch fluorescent lights, not getting enough vitamin D, energy vampires, or lack of exercise in this blog post but they will be in others).  Your mental, physical and spiritual body need a break from work, and making you feel drained is their way of getting your attention, saying “Hello!  We want to do something more pleasurable!  Now!”  So, back to how to accomplish this.  If you are the boss, you need to learn what is important for you to do and what you can delegate to others.  If you think you can’t delegate anything either you’ve hired the wrong people or you haven’t trained them correctly, so get working on either of those then delegate.  If you are not the boss, chances are you can either send those questions or tasks to the correct department, stop doing other people’s work, and take more breaks in your day.  I’m not saying do nothing to the point of getting fired but learn to discern what IS important for you to do and what isn’t.  What tasks can be done tomorrow versus today, what is someone else’s problem and not yours, and what is just busy work to make you look busy.  Take one day and look at each item you do that day and ask yourself, do I need to do this?  If yes, does it need to be done right now or can it wait?  Some additional tips and tricks: Turn off the email notifications on your computer and get to them once or twice a day, take regular breaks with friends to talk and socialize, delegate those tasks to someone else if possible, and stop doing the meaningless busy work that only makes you look busy!

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