This year, I’ve been presenting my “Better Balance” program virtually for organizations that support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. Along with offering technical and teamwork training, companies recognize their people also need help managing their professional and personal lives. When designed well, a virtual program can be a safe environment where participants who may be feeling lonely and discouraged can candidly share their challenges and learn from each other.
Some people are experiencing better balance during this pandemic perhaps because they’re not commuting or traveling. Others are struggling because their kids are learning from home or they’re isolated from family and friends.
During this crisis and when we emerge from it, the principles of work-life integration remain the same. It comes down to these three questions.
- Why? You must first decide the benefits of living a more balanced life so you’ll stay motivated to make changes and develop new habits to support it. Do you want to apply for a promotion or take online classes for an advanced degree or certification? Do you want to take better care of yourself so you can live a long and healthy life? Do you want to strengthen your marriage or nurture more meaningful friendships? You might have many reasons. Write them down to keep them top of mind.
- What? By assessing and prioritizing all your responsibilities, you can see where you’re doing well and what needs more of your attention. Through my coaching, I’ve observed that people often focus on things that don’t matter to avoid addressing issues related to things that do. Don’t fall into that trap! One way to lighten your load is to eliminate unnecessary obligations. Here’s a simple process to do that.
- How? There are many strategies I recommend to enjoy better balance. One is to develop your “mindfulness muscle” through wise practices like meditation and single-tasking whenever possible. When you stop ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, you can enjoy the present and that’s where the gifts are.
Better balance is no longer an impossibility or luxury. It’s a necessity and within your reach when you decide you deserve it. To discuss my leadership programs and coaching for your organization, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.