If you’re like me, it’s easy to put your head down, focusing on work, work, and then more work. Before you know it, it’s 10 or 12pm and you’re still at it. Just one more thing, while you have your second wind. Before you know it, the day, season, or year is over (and I’ll use the cliché, because I must) in the blink of an eye.
It’s so easy to focus on work, especially when we own the business, love what we do, and have mortgages to pay. However, when our focus is only work and “just one more thing,” we lose a bit of ourselves and aren’t as happy as we could be.
My father died three years ago. With my sister and me at his deathbed, he apologized for working so much while we were growing up.
Working too much was his only regret and it devastated him in those last days.
Working too much is a common deathbed regret. And sometimes, I worry that I’ll have this same regret. Even now, my 16-year-old son, Drew, mocks me by saying “Be quiet; I’ve got to get on a call” and hugging my laptop goodnight.
If you do something you love, totally outside the law and your law business, I guarantee a long-lasting happiness boost.
For me, I am a happier person and like myself better when I’m reading a novel or studying film. For you, your happiness boost may come from running, cooking, riding, gardening, writing fiction, practicing yoga, painting, or watching the sunset while sipping a glass of blackberry wine.
Whatever your joy, I challenge you to pick one thing, put it on your calendar, make it habit, and know that those moments – even just 15 minutes at a time – are good for your soul, your law business, and your happiness level.
My personal challenge is that even if I’m not at my desk, my mind is still working. What do you do to take your mind off work? How do you boost your happiness level? I need your help and I’m guessing many others do as well.
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