You may like to think your job is the most important thing in your life, but it’s not.
Nothing in your professional life will ever be more important than your friends and family. Although it may be hard to take a day off for a family emergency or celebration, your work will always be there and those in your personal life may not always be.
I’ve learned this lesson a lot in the past year, as family and friends have passed away, gotten married, or come together for a reunion. It’s important to be there as much as you can, even if it’s inconvenient.
As a rising professional, it may seem important to work even when you have other personal obligations. However, you shouldn’t blow off the people in your life just because you need to finish a big project or attend an important meeting or event. Things happen, tasks can be delegated, people understand. And even if your coworkers aren’t sympathetic, that doesn’t mean you’re wrong to choose your family or friends over work.
So even though it may not always be easy, make your friends and family a priority no matter how busy you think you are.
Do you value family more than work?