What Matters Most To You: Social Life or Career?

Whether we are single, in a relationship or happily married, each one of us always has things we’d always love to put on top of our priority list. Some may want to put their career first, a good number may focus on finding their lifetime partner, while others simply want to enjoy life to the fullest sans the career or a lover.

Oftentimes, we get so absorbed with the daily rat race that we forget to keep a balance check of our priorities every now and then. It is always important to maintain a sense of equilibrium when it comes to the things that we put first or we might end up missing out a lot in life.

So, to start out with that, here’s a simple guide that will allow you to gain a clearer picture of the things that come first for you.

YOUR CRITERIA FOR MAKING A DECISION

When you are faced with a situation that forces you to make a decision, there will always be a myriad of things that you are going to put into consideration. If on top of these is the impact it’s going to have on your career, then hands down – you are a career-oriented person. Career-oriented people focus their energy establishing a long-term career and reaching that goal entails sacrifices on his or her relationship and other equally important life matters. If you are one of these people, you may be highly-successful, but without any type of support system coming from the relationships you have, you might end up emotionally unfulfilled.

On the other hand, if you put your family, interests or the things you love first, there is no doubt that you are more of a life-oriented person. You may undergo a lot of hurdles and setbacks on your career, but you will have more worldly experiences, a stronger support system and healthier emotional status.

WHAT EXCITES YOU

If the very reason you get out from bed each day is to rock and roll at the workplace, excel even when it means staying up at the office until the wee hours of the morning, and get ahead of your equally competitive colleagues, then you are a full-blown, unforgiving career-oriented individual.

Conversely, if you believe that you job is just a way of making ends meet and that there really is more to life than just paperwork and payrolls; you are a life-oriented person. You are the kind of individual who looks forward to going home and spending some quality time with yourself or your family. You find love and happiness in the tiniest of things such as a walk in the neighborhoods or that lopsided smile on your partner’s face.

STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN YOUR CAREER AND SOCIAL LIFE

The thing is, there will always be a tendency for you to be more inclined towards one or the other. But keep in mind that you need to strike a balance between the two. You need to focus on your professional path but shouldn’t lose sight of your overall life. After all, you only got one life, so you have to work hard and enjoy every bit of it too. To make the most out of life, you need to set a timeline for your career and other life matters. You cannot change your career path at the age of 40 nor can you find the love of our life around this age. If you switch you career route late, you might end up unstable and if you settle down in a relationship at a late age, you might miss out on the chance of raising a family. So, focus on both equally from an early age so that you can enjoy your career, relationship and life as a whole to the fullest.