Homer Simpson's Guide To Work: How to Remove Stress for Your Work Life
Updated: Mar 2
Everyone knows the Simpsons opening scenes the whistle blows and Homer is out the door, the nuclear tube bounces in his pocket and he's still running for the door. Falling asleep at his desk and generally not being too stressed.
So how do we adopt the Homer Simpson approach and while still being connected to our job and not letting a nuclear power plant have a meltdown? Plus just to confirm, I'm not suggesting drinking Duff beer till you belch, strangle your kids when they do something wrong, or let your pants ride down to show your butt crack.
WORKING TO THE WHISTLE
Nowadays working 9-5 is a luxury and seems to be something that happened back in the days of fax machines and typewriters. It's a given to get ahead in your career to put the extra time in, be flexible and not leave until the job is done. The job is the job. It will be there tomorrow and the day after. Unless you work in a hospital and if you leave someone may die, finish on time. Having time to down tools makes you work more productively and efficiently. your less likely to make mistake and you will feel more energised and engaged with the task in hand. As Dale Carneige said in How to Win Friends and Influence People, "You can't saw, saw dust". If your motivated to stay behind then crack on, but make sure it's an exception and not routine.
WORK HARD, PLAY EVEN HARDER
Socialising with work colleagues like Homer does down at Moes Tavern, drinking beers, burping competitions and having a laugh. These moments of getting to know work colleagues allows you to see another side of them. in the office, you might hate the person as they stick the air con on and you are in the heat of summer wearing a ski jacket at your desk and fingers turning blue. But outside of the office, you get to know that maybe they have a health condition that makes them hot or you are in a relaxed setting to approach maybe finding a happy medium on the temperature. This doesn't mean out till 3 am getting pissed up and holding a colleagues hair back while she's throwing up, or being propositioned by a colleague (awkward!!!), there's a happy medium. So why not arrange a monthly pub quiz or fun thing to do. Some companies might pay towards it as a Social club.
SHARING IS CARING
Homer has Marge, the poor suffering wife and the grumble that always comes from the latest catastrophe Homers got up to, or the kids make her endure. But if something's up there is little or nothing that Homer keeps from Marge. Asking her advice, guidance, and reassurance. I'm not saying this necessarily has to be a partner, could be a parent, friend or even a colleague (just make sure they are an extremely trusted colleague). Sometimes problems with work or at work seem worse in your head. externalising these and saying out loud the issue/problem can help you find the solution or just get out of your whirling head.
WE ARE NOT GETTING OUT OF HERE ALIVE
Homers a major joker and has a laugh as much as he can. He can see the sunny side of life. He kinda reminds me of a dog, if you can't pee on it or bury it, walk away from it. Try and find fun in every day. If it's at work then have fun there. Where I used to work one woman used to prank me all the time. putting stuff my laptop bag, like emptying the hole punch so I had tiny paper circles everywhere, she clipped bulldog clips on another ladies jacket and she didn't notice. to get her back I stole her stapler and put it in jelly. I'm more mature now....ish. If you can't have fun at work then have fun at home. make sure you watch funny films or programs, go to a comedy club near you. Just bring some laughter and fun into your life.
A MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Homer has Snowball and Santa's Little Helper. Pets can be an amazing stress relief. As you may know, if you are on Mission You social media (if you are not, check the "About Me" section on the website above to start following!), I've posted a few times of me and my fur baby. Pets are fantastic as a stress reliever. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses. All give us leisure time and we calm our whole body around pets.
TIME IS RELATIVE
If "The Simpsons'" characters had aged in real time, Homer would be 62 years old, Marge 61, Bart 36, Lisa 34 and Maggie 26. And family pet Santa's Little Helper would be 196 in dog years. I mean I don't know about you but I don't know many 62-year-olds with Homer's diet and lifestyle that would be looking like that. Time is on your side. more than you know. It's just what we choose to spend our time on. Novel idea right. Prioritising and delegating are key to having less stress at work.
Remember don't think you have to consume the day completely. Take a breathe and deal with one thing at a time. You are only one person and things will get done when they get done. In the words of Homer Simpson. “The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me.
Number 2: Oh, good idea, boss.
Number 3: It was like that when I got here.”
Let me know what you do to manage stress at work.