Think about this. The graph tells us that on average we spend at least 36% of our lives at work. For some that doesn’t even include travel! 32% is spent sleeping … for some that means even more time spent thinking about work before we go to sleep and worrying about the day ahead when we wake up. That leaves the rest of the time … 32% … doing domestic and leisure activities. But again, how much of that time is scattered with thoughts of work and our moods influenced by situations at work. The truth is that our jobs impact our lives and our lives impact our jobs. Thats why its important to give your career a strategic purpose and to ensure that mechanisms are in place to support you when you need it.