If anyone told me just 3 months ago that there would come a time where I’ll spend more time on social media than I would in the real world, I would have been like, “bruhhhh, that’s a lie.” But, for better or for worse that has become my reality, at least for now. The night before my 25th birthday, I created my first home office. It felt like the best gift ever because it meant multiple things to me:
- It meant that I was now conscious of seeing what I do as a job rather than a hobby.
- It also meant that I could now work in a comfortable, mostly quiet, and more professional location than my bed
- Last but not least, it also meant that I could get that alone space to get work done and be taken seriously by my co-habitants while I work.
As simple as it may seem, it was a blessing and I worked there for the first time on my birthday. Since then, I’ve become a self-proclaimed workaholic. Once I wake up, I go to my office, even if that is at 3 am in the thick of the night. I started spending 90% of my time at my office until one day, my mum who had recently come visiting told me, “Even office workers have opening and closing time oh.” That stuck with me. I wasn’t giving enough time to those around me.
So, Monday the following week, I drew up a timetable of my opening and closing hours as well as days and times to take breaks and posted it on the wall of my office. I would like to say that I now strictly follow that timetable but that wouldn’t be entirely true. However, one day, despite the amount of work I had to do, I took a break from my office and spent an entire day “bonding” with my mum. That’s progress.
What can you do differently to improve the quality of your relationships?