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Balancing Life and Work slist, neighborhood flyers 9) The typical person multi-tasks, thinking that this is essential to get more done in less time. Those with work-life balance focus on the task at hand and accomplish more in less time. • Avoid articles that imply multitasking is okay and even preferable • Secure the quiet space needed to do your best work • Master the art of doing one thing at a time • Concentrate on the current task and take appropriate breaks at timed intervals 10) The typical person thinks achieving work-life balance requires complex tools and sophisticated techniques. Those with work-life balance find that simple approaches work best. • Employ a few, selected apps that are useful for you • Place post-it pads, reminders in key locations • Benefit in many ways from using clock timers • Hang wall charts 11) The typical person believes that greater responsibilities diminish the chances of achieving work-life balance. Those who have it do not allow such thoughts to impede their progress. • Recognize that greater responsibility merits greater leisure investment • Plow back some of your new found earnings • Anticipate the challenges, and • Strategize accordingly 12) The typical person worries that taking periodic breaks might be seen as shirking their work. Those with work-life balance regard periodic breaks as vital to their high productivity. • Rise from your seat at least every 20 minutes, which is required for good health • Stand, walk, or stretch whenever you feel the need • Refocus your vision with the 20-20-20 technique • Drink water and head-off hydration problems 13) The typical person, when falling behind, wants to catch up all at once. Those with work-life balance seldom fall behind and, if they do, they avoid crash catch-up efforts. • Practice checkbook management • Watch your weight • Sleep, shower, and renew • Get help with yard work or whatever you prefer to not do 14) The typical person feels driven by external forces to race through the day. Those with work-life balance acknowledge that their own habits are the primary force in achieving WLB. • Whip, whip who got the whip? • Allow for sufficient commuting time • Prepare your own lunches • Cease blaming your boss, the mayor, etc. 15) The typical person is easily distracted by daily noise and interruptions. Those with work-life balance monitor and manage their personal space to minimize distractions. • Carry ear plugs • Visit www.Marpac.com • Sound proof your workspace • Find alternative work locations and spaces, such as a picnic table or park bench 16) The typical person focuses on finishing the workday in order to drop back and relax. Those with work-life balance are productive at work and have a life for the rest of the day after work. • Leave work at a reasonable hour • Reduce TV watching and web surfing • Employ your den as a mini-gym • Engage in invigorating leisure 17) The typical person engages in inactive leisure, i.e. watching TV, web surfing. Those with work-life balance employ leisure for novel experiences, learning, and physical activity. • Live closer, not farther from work • Rediscover hobbies • Join group activities • Peruse local event notices and attend 18) The typical person intermittently invests in his or her own wellbeing. Those with work-life balance strategically purchase goods and services that support their well-being. • Buy in multiples when all supplies will eventually be used up • Make strategic purchases • If it saves one hour a week • If it takes up little space, is portable, expandable, flexible, tradable 19) The typical person longs for the good old days when the pace of life was slower. Those with work-life balance recognize that even in our fast-paced society, slowing down is continually attainable. • Acknowledge and accept the world as it is • Seek to change aspects of your personal environment over which you have control • Consider the 80-20 rules and ignore low-payoff tasks and activities • Emulate the role models in your industry, organization, or profession 20) The typical person over-collects work-life balance tips hoping that such information will rub off on them. Those who have worklife balance ingest the insights of others, and ultimately follow the beat their own drum. • Put what you learn into motion • Adopt new behaviors until they become habits • Establish new personal systems • Develop rewarding rituals 21) The typical parent passes their hectic lifestyle on to their children. Those who have it teach their children what is needed to continually experience work-life balance • Remember: children learn most from observation • Exhibit behaviors that you want then to emulate • Include them in activities, ask for their opinion • Act accordingly: actions speak louder than words PE Jeff Davidson is “The Work-Life Balance Expert®” whose passion is helping organizations achieve rapid progress for their employees. The premier thought leader on work-life balance issues, Jeff is the author of 59 books, among them “Breathing Space,” “Simpler Living,” the “60 Second Innovator,” and the “60 Second Self-Starter.” Visit www.BreathingSpace.com LinkedIn Jeff Davidson 21 Personal Excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 06.2014


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