In order to live a content life, you need to be living in accordance with your values. Set aside some uninterrupted time to decide what’s truly important to you. What are the key principles that govern your life? What do you really want to be doing, who do you want to spend your time with, what do you want to accomplish with your work? There’s no right or wrong here- everyone will have a different list. Make a short list of 4-5 things for your life, 4-5 people you want to spend time with, and 4-5 things you’d like to accomplish at work.
When other people ask you to take on projects, help them out, or even just spend time together, measure the requests against your list, and if they don’t align with your “Important” list, feel free to pass them by.by