One of the wisest things you and your team can do as you plan for a prosperous new year is to commit to better balance.
No longer a luxury or impossibility, better balance is a necessity if you want to excel at work and enjoy a happy, healthy personal life. Making more conscious choices will reduce your stress and help you achieve the goals that are important to you.
Take two minutes to watch this video on how I work with organizations like yours and then pick a better balance tip below.
Here are three of my better balance tips. Which one will you and your team commit to put into practice today?
1. Talk to Yourself.
Listen to yourself talk and you will most likely hear complaints about what you can’t do, what you don’t have, or what’s not going right. “I have too much to do.” “I’m so tired today.” “No one can help me.” When you speak to yourself like a good friend or coach, you will find that those positive, empowering messages will support your success. The rule of thumb when it comes to an affirmation is to make it brief, positive and in the present. That ensures you can easily repeat it and that it clearly communicates with your powerful subconscious mind.
One of my favorite affirmations is: “I have more than enough time and energy to get the important things done today.” When I remember to say it at the beginning of a hectic day — and sometimes I have to say it several times until it sinks in — something happens. I become more calm and confident. I begin to delegate and cross off the list things that shouldn’t be on there in the first place. By the end of the day, the important things do get done. Did you notice I didn’t say “everything on my to-do list”? That’s because I believe, for most of us, that’s impossible. But the important things do get done!
2. Create the Space.
Clutter distracts and confuses us. It drains our energy and keeps us from doing what matters most. While most of us think of physical clutter, like a messy office and overstuffed closet, there’s also technical clutter, like your over-reliance on your cell phone and too much time on the Internet, and emotional clutter, like regrets and toxic people in your life.
To improve your work-life balance make a list of all your ongoing commitments, from your professional and personal memberships to committees on which you serve that are not directly related to your job responsibilities. It helps to start with daily commitments, then weekly, monthly and even yearly. Rank them on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of importance and consider resigning from or delegating anything less than a 7. By cleaning out the clutter of unnecessary obligations—as well as other forms of clutter—you’ll think clearer, have more energy, and be open to helpful opportunities, people and ideas.
3. Manage Your Energy.
Even more important than time management is how you manage your energy. Making empowering changes and maintaining healthy habits take vitality and commitment. When you’re not strong, you will tend to slip back into your old routine. That’s why it’s so important to make conscious choices every day. Start with the basics, including eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, being physically active and getting enough sleep. Then, go deeper by choosing to associate with people who live healthy, balanced lives; enjoying a hobby; and finding time to relax and recharge when you need it.
Read about the four other better balance strategies in this “Work-Life Balance Wisdom” article.
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