2. Be alone.
I love my friends. I love the friends that I made last semester. We were together for 40 hours a week, AT LEAST, and that is no exaggeration. We created the most picturesque last semester I could ask for. That being said? I really had to relearn how to function without them and appreciate my alone time.
I think 2017 for me is all about learning to use my time wisely. But after spending all my time with my friends became not productive, I had to take a step back and think about what was fulfilling and what was not. So outside of work I spent a lot of time alone in the house - reading (favorites linked above), painting, sleeping, and cooking. For example, I learned a lot of vegan recipes and found cooking so fulfilling. (I also lost 15 pounds after graduating!)
Of course, I'd see them a sometimes during the month to go get brunch. But having that time alone makes me appreciate myself and them a lot more. It was like recalibrating for the real world.
3. Pack on work.
Yes this sounds horrible. Is my work-life balance strange? Yes. Is it ok to take time off from life to travel? Yes. Would that fulfill me? No. Is it different for everyone? Yes.
I would repeat to my boss twice a week that he can pile work on me. When you look at the root of what you do, you are able to find out what makes you happy. And what makes me happy? Helping out, working, contributing, and serving. I work in technology and majored in MIS, so with my degree away, I was dying to see business technology daily. (Which explains why my business combines technology and art) So he did just that.
Best decision ever, I highly recommend asking for more work. Doing the little tasks then helped me to earn credibility so I could get big tasks. I only consider my current responsibilities to be medium sized but I see the pattern of how working sets the work-iverse in motion to open up opportunities. It also helps you to figure out what you want from like. Yes, more of this. No, not any more of that!! Like so.
Not only am I fulfilled and benefitting from it in a career way, I am happy when I am at work. So I'm really not working for the weekend!
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