How to step back from work

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In general terms there are two kinds of people. Those who live to work, and those who work to live.

Some people absolutely love their jobs. They live for it. Others just go to work for the cash so that they can live their life outside of it. Whichever kind of person you are, sometimes it might be necessary for you to take a big step back.

You can get too involved. It can become your everything where nothing else gets a look in. Sometimes it’s important to get away, just for a bit, to re-evaluate your priorities and baseline what it’s actually all for.

If you have a family this can be even more important. Sometimes those in your life can be neglected, even if you don’t think they are.

The same if you have hobbies you enjoy. If you’re not getting the down time you need or deserve, it’s time to take a step back. This is easier for some more than others.

These tips can help you on your way to reclaiming parts of your life from work. You may not be able to apply some of them, or maybe you’ve already tried some. Give them a go and see if they can help you on your way towards a more relaxing life.

Change Your Frame Of Mind

Sometimes to properly take a step back you need to change your frame of mind.

Look at life from a different perspective. Going for a more holistic approach can endeavour to pull you away from a life where you think money is everything, especially if you are in a time driven, high paid job which requires a huge tonne of your time.

There are various schools of thought which could help. You can see astrology explained almost too far in places, but it could help. As could simply adjusting your perspective so you can reassess what’s important in your life.

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The problem sometimes isn’t your job, but you. It might be you who is choosing how you spend all of your time. Shifting out of that mindset won’t always be easy, but doing so is your first step towards achieving more autonomy from work. You’re your own worst enemy here. Conquer yourself and you’ll be well on your way.

Have A Serious Chat With Your Boss

They’re going to be the ones benefiting from you giving all of your time and energy. They should be one of the first people you speak to when considering stepping back.

Book in some time and lay out how you feel. You want to spend more time with family. Maybe you can cut your hours back a little. Or agree to stop bringing work home with you.

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They should be receptive. Any good boss would be. They will want you at your best which you won’t be if you’re feeling a little resentful. If they aren’t helpful, talk to HR, or the next person up the chain. If there isn’t another person, or it’s a small family owned business, then you just have to stick to your guns and lower your output.

You shouldn’t have a problem if your output far exceeds your colleagues and those around you. The key thing to remember is that you need to do it calmly and with tact. Don’t give in to your emotions if you meet some resistance. Someone who is calm and collected comes over far better than someone who is hysterical.

Get Away For A While

The overwhelming urge to step back can sometimes be due to you being overworked. Book in some annual leave time. It’s there for a reason, so use it. There are so many people who don’t end up using their allocation so don’t be afraid to take it.

Maybe you can even think about taking an actual career break for an extended period of time. This will allow you to reassess and spend some quality time with yourself or your family. You need to have the money to do this, but if you can find a way to make it work, it can be one of the best decisions you’ve made.

Change Career

Getting away is great, but if you get back and it’s exactly the same you’ll just end up with the same problem you had before. It might be time to consider a completely new career. Perhaps in something more laid back or relaxed, or something which excites you and gives you a reason to work towards a better life.

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Dig into your hobbies. How can you turn that into a job. They say if you do something you love for your day job you’ll never work a day in your life.

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