I just started a new job which I love. I am staying up too late at night working - but not because I have to but because I want to. I am so excited about all the new learning and invigorated by the task set before me. I have always been a hard worker. I am often called a workaholic. My mind just doesn't shut down, and I love to be busy. The problem with this is that I often have trouble with my work-life balance. I have noticed lately I have less patience with my kids and I'm not sleeping or eating how I should be. (I have put exercise back in as a priority - I am typing this as I am on the treadmill.) One of the foci of my district is mental health and so I know I need to fix this. Today, the universe stepped in.
This morning as I drove from school to school, I was listening to Gretchen Rubin's Happier podcast. (I have a major obsession with podcasts that you can read about here, and another one of Rubin's podcasts inspired the writing of my work manifesto.) She and her co-host sister brought up Gretchen's Essential 7. According to Rubin there are 7 basic habits we need to make or break to make life happier. They are as follows: