Bonus Meditation: Beyond the 9 to 5: Why It’s Okay to Not Love Your Job

Meditation transcript: 

Hi, it’s Mary Kate again from “You, Me, & Ennui.” Thank you for listening to my conversation with Alyse Maguire about deciding how work fits into our lives. When thinking about the kind of life you want, it’s good to check in with yourself on what your priorities are. It’s also important to note that those priorities can change, so hopefully our conversation gave you the space to think more deeply about where you are right now and where you want to be.

If you’re looking for more ways to relate our conversation to your life, we’re back with another “bonus meditation” that will offer you some questions to reflect on… some might apply to you, some might not, and that’s OK! I’ll pause briefly between each question, but if you need more time, just hit the pause button and take as long as you need. So, find a comfortable position with your feet on the floor and close your eyes.

What does “balance” mean to you personally? Is it about dedicating equal time to work and your personal life, or is it more about feeling fulfilled in both areas?

Take a look at your current schedule. Are there any activities or commitments that drain your energy or take up more time than they should? How can you prioritize what truly matters to you?

How do you feel when you’re at work? Do you find yourself constantly stressed or fulfilled? How can you adjust your workload or mindset to create a healthier work environment?

On the flip side, how do you feel when you’re not working? Are you able to fully disconnect and enjoy your personal time, or do you find yourself worrying about work-related issues? How can you set boundaries to protect your personal time?

Think about your long-term goals and aspirations. How does your current work-life balance align with these goals? What adjustments can you make now to ensure you’re on the right path to achieving them?

Thanks again for spending time with me. I’ll be with you next time on “You, Me, & Ennui.”

Music credit:

Purple LoFi Chill Beats – Reverse