Issues regarding work-life balance are getting more and more attention in the business world. As I research the issues I found several statistics that were very interesting. For example an article in a Bellevue University consumer study noted that more than half (65 percent) of Americans are stressed to their limits. One in three Americans said income loss and increased amounts of personal debt are causing the most strain on their lives. They also noted that nearly one-quarter of working adults simply do not like their jobs. They desire a career transition because they want to find jobs they actually enjoy. In some cases, that means inventing a job for themselves, which is why 12 percent of survey respondents have decided to start their own businesses.
Right now is the best time to address the work-life balance of your life. Consider the following:
Priorities: Set reality priorities. Take time to examine your life and work styles looking for a balance. Be realistic about personal time. You need to draw a line; decide what is important and what isn’t.
Boundaries: Know when to turn off the electronics. Technology can make the line between your work life and personal life blurry.
Focus: One thing at a time. Multi-tasking is not all it is made out to be. How about devoting your full attention to a task or an activity at hand?
Time: Time that is not productive or satisfying needs to be rearranged, delegating or eliminating things that do not align with priorities.
Build in down time by scheduling time with friends and family activities. Personal and joyful time should be included in the development of your priorities. A little relaxation is better than a stress pill.
Permission: Learn to think before saying Yes. Ask yourself, “How will saying yes align with my priorities?
Studies show that there’s no one “right” approach to balancing work-related and personal commitments. The most important thing to remember in the quest for work-life balance is that we’ll never achieve perfection. We will “forget” important things throughout our lives. What matters is that we create a personally meaningful life that helps us feel happy and healthy overall.
Author: Robin Noah, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org