Work Life Balance. Wow, it was tough to say that as I think of that idea as more of a journey than a destination. Just last night I was dishing on Twitter with my TalentCulture.com community on our weekly #TChat.
We discussed the myriad solutions to make the work-life merge a little easier to digest. It’s challenging, but I think we must constantly remind ourselves that, just like on a plane, if you’re going down and you don’t give yourself oxygen first, you won’t be of any help to others or your project plan for the week.
I don’t beat myself up if I have to juggle a bit, as long as it’s not detrimentally impacting my work or clients needs. It’s a way of life for me, but planning is crucial. I try to plan wiggle room in my daily routine well in advance when planning my day, week and even month. I do this very consciously every Sunday so I don’t burnout early in the week.
Daily, I have a routine which includes walking either in the park or the beach. This must happen for mental, physical and business reasons. I plan my two – three longer business calls of the day at this time. But they are calls that don’t require paper work in front of me to refer to . They are generally brainstorming sessions. I find that new ideas emerge for me when I’m moving around. I ALWAYS carry a small pen and pad in case I need to write something down or I can jot a note on my I-Phone.
Work life flexibility is one of the most crucial keys to being more efficient and productive our 24/7 world. Often, we juggle and still have to make sacrifices. Something else must take a backseat, in order to complete another business or personal project. That’s just the way we need to roll as we navigate sensory overload. But if you do a quick a assessment of your to-do list, you’ll probably find that much of that list includes self-imposed deadlines. That is where we can create wiggle room. Timing is everything.
Schedule the MVP
There’s never enough time in the day to get everything done, but there’s a three-pronged approach that I take every day that makes the attempt at work life balance a little more practical. I call it M-V-P.
M- Me Time: Take the me time and stick to it. It might be exercise, reading, breath-work, yoga, exercise, meditation, a walk etc. Literally schedule this, write it down. Even if only for 5 minutes. Completely stop what your doing and walk away from the computer. We need to cultivate inner stillness so we have an accumulated well of calm. Grab it when you can.
V – Venting Time: Venting can be anything from personal contemplation and problem solving to having a stimulating conversation with a friend, to letting go of something that is stopping your progress either personally or in the arena of career. Release, in my book, requires contemplation. It is a conscious decision to release that which is stopping you from moving forward. It might be negative self-talk, it could be a behavior, it might be having a difficult conversation. This is about directly addressing something that you’d prefer to avoid all together.
P – Planning Time: Choose a day to plan for the week. And every day take a gaze at the list for the next day. Try not to fly by the seat of your pants. Focus on sitting down, stopping and review and revise. Identifying the wiggle room, and plan for that “Me Time” and “Venting Time.” We are living in an age of distraction. The Attention Crash Syndrome is rampant, so we have to develop better skills to focus, and plan as best we can and be prepared to shift when needed.
Do you take me time in your day or week? How do you vent” And what is your planning strategy. Please share I would love to hear from you.
When all else fails, sometimes we have to just stop, and take a chill. I invite you to check out my guided meditation CD: Judy Martin’s Practical Chaos: Reflections on Resilience. It makes for a great holiday gift for.. drumroll please.. YOU. You can sample the tracks here at CD-Baby.
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