The recap: Last week I challenged you to quit work everyday at 5, an attempt to reclaim an actual work-life balance that isn’t governed by forwarding our work email accounts to our smartphones. How’d you do?
I had a tough time, claiming that “finals week is coming”, like I’m Ned Stark or something, unsure as to whether working on school counted.
I figured that it did, indeed, count, so I forced myself to close the laptop entirely everyday at 5. It gave me something to look forward to! Typically, I cut myself off at never, and so I go through the whole day in a haze of off-and-on drudgery. This way, I worked my tush off til 5, but then I could, gasp, relax.
Well, I still had to cook dinner every night for O, but.. you get my drift.
Here’s this week’s challenge.
Get Back in Touch with Seven People
You guessed it: that’s one a day.
I was inspired by the emphasis on social relationships in Happy, yet realized just how often we let relationships fall by the wayside, due to constant relocating, adding of new friends, and the modern tit-for-tat mentality. This week, think of seven people from your past–distant or recent–and get back in touch. I don’t care if you send them a Facebook message, ring them up, go to lunch, or leave a gardenia bush on their doorstep (with a note; don’t be creepy). Just get back in touch with one person a day.
Social relationships are important, but it can be hard to try to make time for them in our modern world. Luckily, with your new “stop work everyday at 5 p.m.” mentality, you’ll have time to foster these relationships. Way to go, you! You’re on your way to a stronger, more real support system (Facebook likes don’t count as support, y’all), which translates to a happier, healthier life.
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