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Finding time to decompress in the #risengrind culture

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2019 by Jessica Salerno

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA senior content manager

In a recent interview on finding work-life harmony, Amy Vetter, CPA, mentioned the value in carving out time in your busy schedule for yourself.

“We’ve got to get better at saving important time for ourselves and time for our family in order to decompress,” Vetter said.

Finding the time sounds good in theory but can be difficult to practice. What doesn’t help is the “rise and grind” culture that promotes working around the clock to achieve your goals. Instagram photos and even LinkedIn posts glorify a lifestyle where if you want to be the best, you have to sacrifice. That’s not a terrible perspective, but where does the sacrifice end? When do you get a chance to take a break and like Vetter mentioned, decompress?

It starts with unplugging. Cell phones are excellent for staying in touch but make everything seem a little too accessible, especially when it comes to work. Stopping the email notifications on your phone during vacation or on the weekend can be helpful, and letting your coworkers know if there is an emergency, they should call you.

After tackling email, consider how social media is impacting your life. If you’re addicted to LinkedIn, try to give yourself a brief reprieve and see how your mental state is at the end. Finding motivation from the competition can be useful but constantly comparing yourself to others online is not healthy.

Hard work is commendable, but you need to find opportunities to rest your mind. Although #nodaysoff might earn you applause on social media, what’s waiting for you in real life is burn out and unfulfillment.  


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