A few days ago I wrote about a interesting career manifesto, that I found to be truly unique and interesting. I also agreed with most of that manifesto, because it made me take a different view about my professional life – in a positive way.
Most recently a good friend of mine wrote an interesting comment about the #1 point, stating that knowledge workers also face great dangers: stress, lack of free time and, therefore, growing heart diseases, cancers and other lifestyle related diseases.
At first I didn’t really think that we (knowledge workers) face real dangers and that we just have to take same care (exercise, eating well, etc…), but it’s not that simple (especially if you’re a consultant). Life as a knowledge worker is quite problematic because we have to address challenges in a non-regular way. We also have many task ambiguity, that leads to stress. The border between work and personal life is tenuous and hard to differentiate. We live to work and we work to live (ask yourself how much time do you spend doing work-related stuff: commuting, working, etc).
The constant pressure we face, together with your inability to “get away from work” leads to a new, yet unhealthy, lifestyle, that can ultimately facilitate the diseases (or conditions) we previously mentioned.
My own advice is to check your own priorities. Understand that work is important but not the most important thing on your life. Work gives you power and money, but won’t give you happiness. Family, friends, time for yourself and enjoyable work will.
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