There is a lot you might not be happy about your life right now. That’s perfectly understandable because we live in the age of social media. It’s so easy to compare your achievements with that of other people, and from that springs a feeling of insecurity or dread.
Here’s a secret no one tells you: It’s okay to live your life on your own terms. You do not need to achieve the successes that define other people, as long as you are happy with what you have in your life. This does not make you a less successful person. However, this does not mean you should be complacent. You can still improve your life in certain aspects, particularly in your home.
Define Your Workspace and Personal Space
Keeping an office at home is one of the things that could be helping you manage your time more effectively. Or it could also be the space robbing you of quality time to spend with the family. What your home office does for your life depends on how much you keep it separate and use it wisely. Though it’s at home, you should not spend all your life in there. Your family is outside, waiting for you to interact with them. Try not to make the workspace too personal either, as this might make it too comfortable for productivity.
Fix Noticeable Problems
Everyone has a complicated life, and your family is probably not perfect. Embrace this imperfection, but find ways to improve your family. Start with noticeable problems. If your spouse feels distant, take a break from work to reconnect with them. Let them know that your marriage is the top priority.
Similarly, if you notice cracks on the floor or in the walls, it’s time for some concrete repair. Maybe the family needs some vacation. Get out of Utah for a couple of days to relax, recharge, and bond with the family to come back stronger and more cohesive as a unit.
Be Open to Change
You are not perfect, but you can certainly make improvements to be a better version of yourself. It is not enough to go about life in the same way you did last year. There were mistakes you have made, and from them, you could pick up valuable life lessons. Some people might have affected you negatively last year; perhaps it’s time to let go of them now that you’re heading to a fresh start.
Even if the change has something to do with your job or your home, be open to the possibility of unearthing your roots and planting them somewhere else. If there are better opportunities and you will be happier, go ahead and make that change.
It is wrong to measure your success in terms of other people. You can improve your own life following the lessons you have learned along the way, and going on a path you know will make you happy. There are different sources of happiness for each person, and if you do what is right for you, you’re already beyond successful.