All About The... Balance
All about the... Balance
It’s all about balance, people. Balance in and out of the workplace in this whirlwind of life. If you’re the type who wants to squeeze all the goodness out of what they are working towards, then let me tell you about my favorite weapon: Balance.
I hope most of you know how to have a good time outside of work, but what about all those hours that you spend at work. Aren’t these just as important? If you want to or have to work, let’s be consistently working upward and kicking ass! By understanding your strengths and building upon them, you set yourself up to work extremely efficiently and perform at your best.
Let’s talk about how to balance your DASH:
1. Full plate syndrome. This happens to the best of us. We think we have to get our hands on every project in order to get ahead. What this ultimately does is put you in the position of having less than stellar performance, or incomplete work.
You may think taking on everything makes you stand out, or look like a team player, but it can really hurt you. You aren’t able to perform at your best when you take on too much, and you stress your body and your mind. Learn how to decline, ask for help, or delegate. This isn’t frowned upon. It’s actually what good leaders do.
Know your limits. Keep your workload balanced.
2. The stake of perfectionism. There are times, especially at work, that we don’t want to stop until perfection is reached. There’s a delightful little saying, “nothing is perfect,” you may have heard it. We are our own worst critics, so know when you’ve worked your hardest and put your best foot forward, then move on from that project. If there’s an imperfection in your work, seek out the opportunity to learn from it.
Work your butt off, but don’t stress for perfection.
3. The power of reflection. I love this one! You’d be surprised at how many successful and inspirational business people practice the power of reflection. After work when you have some quiet time, really look at your day. What went great? What could use improvement? What did you learn? What were the choices that you made or could have made better?
If you are the journaling type, write down the reflections of your day. Keep track of your reflections to measure improvement. Learning from the reflections of your day is what it’s all about.
4. Productivity and efficiency. Find your best productivity practices, and you’ll be an efficient working machine! Know how to stay organized to smoothly get through your day – ie: if you need a task list, make one, if you need a calendar to tell you what to do, schedule out your day on your calendar. If you have the flexibility in your job to create your own day, design your day to work for you – ie: if you are more focused on calls and emails in the morning and projects in the afternoon, design your day like so.
Find your workday balance, and while you may have to be flexible to other colleagues, try to honor your balance as much as possible.
***Note to leaders: This is one of the most important things to know about your employees.
5. Take a breather. Go for a quick walk to get your blood flowing, even if just down the hall to get water. Go chat face-to-face with a colleague instead of via email or phone. Connect with people around you. It is so easy to get so lost in what you’re doing that your day comes to an end and you’ve only stared at your screen. This is not healthy! It is imperative, if you want balance in your life, to take breaks throughout the day – at work or at home. You will thank yourself.
That, my friends, is the beginning of creating balance. A few simple steps that can set you on a good trajectory as long as you practice and implement them. It’s free, so why not try it?
Let me know how it works out for you!
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Until next time. Keep the sun on your face and wind at your back,