Everyone in an agency works hard. Each department needs to run like a well-oiled machine so that stuff gets done, deadlines are made and clients are happy. There are team meetings at all sorts of intervals (yearly, monthly, weekly, daily) to ensure that everyone is on the right path. Our days are full of thinking, calculating, strategizing, etc. – even when it’s not 9 to 5. Think about how many times you’ve woken up in the middle of the night to jot down an idea, or even respond to an email? The problem that can arise with all of this work, is that there’s little to no element of play.
It’s easy to get lost in hard work. You become so wrapped up in whatever it is that you’re working on, that you forget to eat. Or take breaks. Or even look away from the computer for a couple of minutes. During this time, you are producing a remarkable amount of concentration, focus and productivity. When you’re in this state of exertion, you might appear to be more like a robot than a person. And if this overwork happens more often than not, what are the long-term effects? If we permanently become comfortable with the “all work and no play” philosophy, can we revert back to our old selves?
To help save your own self and sanity, here are 5 things to do on a regular basis:
- Take a break: Take a walk, read a magazine, do anything that’s not considered work for 10-15 minutes. Staring at the computer non-stop for 8 hours can’t be good for the eyes and it’s proven to be poor for our health too.
- Laugh: Laughter can really be the best medicine. Laughing has been known to improve memory, creativity and helps to lower blood pressure, stress and more! With so many health and wellness benefits that it can offer, why not have a chuckle?
- Eat: My dad has always said, “Your body is like a car, and food is like the gas. You can’t expect the car to run with no gas.” Food is your fuel. Regular meals and snacks will keep you going during the workday or a late night.
- Learn: I have a passion for learning. It helps me grow as a person and as a creative. Learning something new stimulates the brain and gets it working.
- Talk: It’s good to interact with people. Having a conversation with someone can help take your mind off whatever you’re working on and it can even help you think of an idea. Often times, people find their “aha” moment in the middle of conversation or from something that they heard someone say.
Working hard is important. It’s nearly impossible to be successful without it. But, there needs to be a balance between working hard and hardly working. An agency needs laughter, music, art and happiness to become a creative environment. Having robots at work might increase productivity, but at the end of the day, an agency needs life in it to live. And only humans can do that. 😉