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Balancing Life and Work How professionals with work-life balance are different By Jeff Davidson The challenges of advancing in your career and of maintaining work-life balance become more acute with each passing month. With that in mind, here are 21 ways that professionals with work-life balance are different from others: 1) The typical person thinks that work-life balance is needed only when things get hectic. Those who have work-life balance realize that it is an everyday practice. • Practice work-life balance techniques every day, much like taking a daily shower • Recognize the small opportunities around you all day long • Plan from Sunday night to next Sunday • Maintain a mindset of not loading up on activities and not overdoing it 2) The typical person becomes stressed throughout the workday from mounting demands. Those with work-life balance anticipate unexpected demands and dispense their energy accordingly. • Leave sufficient slack in your schedule • Have one weekday evening per week with nothing scheduled • Pace yourself throughout the day • Establish a resource network of key contacts, phone numbers, email, etc. 3) The typical person suspects that only a privileged few can attain work-life balance. Those with work-life balance understand that it is within everyone’s grasp. • Read about work-life balance • Talk about work-life balance • Trade work-life balance ideas • Be on the lookout 4) The typical person assumes that “money buys happiness.” Those who have work-life balance know that money won’t help if you’re on the wrong path. • Consider that simple solutions often work best • Adopt a less is more approach • Pare down • Systemize or eliminate 5) The typical person regards taking time for themselves as a luxury they can’t afford. Those who have work-life balance recognize that taking time for themselves is vital. • Pause for ten one-minute breaks • Go on true lunch breaks • Take strategic pauses • Allow for whole weekends off 6) The typical person thinks that achieving work-life balance will be fleeting; it won’t last long. Those who have work-life balance take a rational, methodical approach to maintaining it. • Recognize that upsets and overwhelm will occur • Ask: what do I want to finish by the end of work today to feel good about the evening? • Ask: what do I want to finish before Friday to feel good about the weekend? • Keep creating a clearing (like Zen masters) 7) The typical person sacrifices rest and reflection in the hope of getting more done. Those with work-life balance take time for rest and reflection throughout the day, and accomplish more as a result. • Sleep eight hours a night • Linger after lunch • Center yourself on the way to the restroom, water cooler, even between tasks • Draw upon self-calming rituals all day long 8) The typical person is resigned to a state of “too much to do, not enough time to do it.” Those with work-life balance establish clear priorities, support them, and assemble resources to accomplish their objectives. • Establish life priorities and pursue them daily • Devise goals -- quantified, reachable, and written down -- that support your priorities • Tap unused staff skills by re-reading resumes and job applications • Retain extra help for domestic and professional tasks via Craig- Personal Excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 06.2014 20


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