Are you married to your job? In today’s world, there seem to be no boundaries between work and the rest of life. Sometimes it feels as if we have a ball and chain tying us to the office.

At one point, there was a push for work-life balance. However, I believe we’re in a world where it’s work-life integration.

Technology gives us immediate access to managers, co-workers, vendors, and clients. But it also provides us with the flexibility to work anywhere — as long as there is an internet connection.

Integrating work with our life means we can be home for dinner with the family by 6 PM and back to work in our home office by 8 PM. Or we can take an extended vacation with family and block of time during the day to work. Unfortunately, jobs with shift work – whether it’s retail or healthcare – doesn’t offer that flexibility.

As we come to the end of this year, start evaluating your life at work. Even if your firm requires you to set goals for the following year, take time to expand your thoughts. Here are some questions to ponder:

 

Are you in an industry you find interesting?

Or is the pay good enough that it really doesn’t matter to you? We’ve all been told to do something you’re passionate about, but that passion may be outside of what you do to generate income. It may be through volunteer work, or it may be through affording experiences with your family.

 

Would you like more recognition?

Maybe there’s an award your firm gives that you want to achieve. Or maybe there’s a professional organization that will provide you with the recognition you’re seeking. Explore different organizations and find one that meets your needs.

 

Is there another role you would like to pursue?

Maybe there’s a position at your current employer you’d like to pursue. Or perhaps you need to move to a new employer to escape being in a pigeonhole.

 

Do you need to increase your management or technical skills?

Is there a college program you could attend or maybe there’s an advanced degree you should attain?

 

Is your job adversely impacting your health?

If stress from work is creating health issues for you, pay attention to your body. Constant stress for an extended period will increase your health care expenses.  Even if you generate good income, is it worth compromising your health?

 

A job isn’t for better or for worse like a marriage. Yes, you’ll have some difficult times the longer you’re with an employer but as long as you can grow professionally or maintain your contentment hang in there. Any changes you decide to make in 2018, commit to it. Recognize it will take time and effort, especially if you choose to find a new job. If necessary, hire someone to keep you on track and focused. Remember to stay PEF (positive, enthused, focused)!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”