Well, it’s that time of year again, when we start contemplating that tradition known as the New Year’s resolution. With the best of intentions, folks will soon vow to eat better, to exercise more, to be nicer, to lose weight, and to quit smoking. Unfortunately, about 92% of those resolutions will fail. While there are as many reasons for New Year’s resolution failure as there are people who make those resolutions, I believe the top reasons for failure can be boiled down to just two: The New Year’s resolution isn’t specific enough. The New Year’s resolution lacks a plan.
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Would you ever give your friends $20 for having you over for dinner? And what the heck does that have to do with work-life balance? Read on. Here’s the scenario. Your friends — people you like a lot, but just never see much of — invite you and your significant other over for dinner on a Friday night. You plan to pick up a nice bottle of wine after work, on your way to your friends’ house. You leave work and, rather than pick out the bottle of wine by yourself, you decide to pick up […]
For most adults, work is a significant source of stress. In fact, research suggests that it’s second only to money, and it’s followed closely by family issues. Unfortunately, the stress we experience at work doesn’t stay at work. It affects our friends, our families and communities — not to mention our long-term health and wellbeing. If we want to keep our heads and our hearts while keeping our jobs, we have to manage stress. But how?
The quest for work-life balance too often turns into a finger-pointing exercise. “I’d have better work-life balance if it weren’t for my unreasonable boss.” “Life would feel a whole lot more balanced if my kids weren’t committed to dozens of activities.” “My clients won’t let me have even two hours of downtime.” The truth, however, is that we’re more responsible for our own work-life balance than we’d prefer to claim. And we have to set up a cadence of accountability if we want to stay on track.
Wouldn’t it be great if work-life balance just happened? You could just wake up one day and suddenly feel like you loved your work, loved your family, and loved your life — your time and energy perfectly and magically distributed among all the important domains of your life, giving you simultaneously the satisfaction of being a great parent, an excellent professional, and a luxuriating person of leisure. Yep, that would be great. But it’s not gonna happen. Work-life balance is a verb, not a noun. It’s something you do, not something you acquire. It requires planning, action, discipline, and follow-through. […]
Estimated reading time: Sir Richard Branson posted a blog on June 1, 2016, detailing his adventures in Australia. In that blog, he included a cheeky photo of himself with a sleeping employee at the airport. He reposted that photo to his Instagram, and, as of this moment, the photo has 17,968 likes and 612 comments. The majority of those comments are some variation on, “That poor guy! I’m sure he was fired the moment after that photo was taken.” Sleeping on the job? How shameful!
If you’re trying to integrate your work with a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life, you know that managing your time is one of the keys to success. But if you’re like most of us, you’re not actually managing your time well. This series of articles gives you a system to fix that, so you can focus on what’s most important.