Do you feel that your work life is sucking the life out of you? If so, what you have on your hands is the work equivalent of a vampire. Here's what to do about it:

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Is Your Work Life A Vampire?

Do you feel that your work life is sucking the life out of you? If so, what you have on your hands is the work equivalent of a vampire.

Is your business a vampire?

Tell tale signs that your work life is a Vampire:

  • Working longer hours than you want to
  • Feel like you are peddling really hard but not moving forward
  • Personal life is being adversely affected
  • Your relationships are neglected or suffering
  • You can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel
  • You feel like your work life is sucking the life out of you

If you can identify with any of these points then you have a work life vampire.

Stopping your work life sucking the life out of you.

So, what are you going to do about it?

You can try and blame any number of other factors for your work life vampire but as it is your life, the buck stops with you. The harsh reality is that what you are experiencing is what you have created or settled for.

But that is great news because it is totally within your power and control to find a way to create change.

The first step to killing your work life vampire

Awareness is the first step to any change.

If you have awareness you can decide to make things different. And that is the first step.

Make the decision right now that you are going to kill the vampire. Decide that you are going to create something better starting today. Take some time to reflect, analyse and challenge the real source of what is causing the situation. Commit to find a way to change those things.

Once you have taken the time to really get clear on the source of the problem, work out what the solution is. Then look for small steps you can take to start moving you forward.

Take small steps regularly and consistently and you will be well on the way to killing your work life vampire and on the path to creating a more fulfilling reality.

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  • christinelivingston

    Enjoyed this post a lot, Ali.

    I think at times my business can be a bit of a vampire, particularly as right now it's in transition (as I am) and I am still learning what does and doesn't work.

  • barneyausten

    Hi Ali. Great analogy – I love it! You are very true in what you say when describing the fact that we each are responsible for creating our own work “vampire”. This can be applied to any aspect of business or indeed personal life. I've found simply writing it down in black and white land sticking it on the board in my office helps to stay focused on whatever that vampire may be!

  • I know what you mean Christine. Those periods of transition can really let the business vampire out of the box! Hope your transition goes well.

  • Thanks Barney. Glad you liked it. Your point about writing it down and having it in front of you all the time is spot on.It is so easy to lose sight of things. Great tip.

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  • Hey Ali

    I am currently an employee but this post really spoke to me. I definitely find that my work, plus my own site can suck the life out of me. I'm reading a lot of great things at the moment, including your post, which are really helping to change my mindset. So thank you

  • Hi Ben, glad you found it useful. You are spot on with focussing on mindset. It really is the catalyst to significant change and success in any area of life.