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Work-life balance is something you prioritize. Why not try out a journal to keep yourself accountable? Exercise is critical for any holistic work-life balance Work-life balance is like the search for El Dorado. We love to talk about it, research it, and search for it, but it ever eludes us. However, this shouldn’t be the case.
Often something is unattainable because we make it unattainable. Work-life balance only happens when you make your life a priority and when you can honestly assess your mental, physical, spiritual, and work health habits.
I highly recommend using a journal. This year I’ve started using a bullet journal for flexibility and am loving it.
Don’t be intimated by all the crazy artsy bullet journals you might see. Make yours simple, and make sure it works for you.
12 Reasons for an Imbalance in Work and Life #1 – You work all the time
Work is good and healthy. However, when it becomes the thing that consumes your life you may be nearing burn out.
Make sure your current work hours are sustainable. If not, then have a cut off time where you commit to slowing down and taking a breath. Whether that means taking a vacation, lowering hours, or investing in a hobby.
#2 – You aren’t regularly sleeping
Sleep is critical to your overall health and without the proper sleep, you won’t be as sharp at work, home, or with your friends.
Have you ever fallen asleep while working? That’s a strong indicator you need to re-evaluate your work-life balance.
On the flip side, why not schedule power naps into your weekly rhythm?
#3 – You aren’t exercising
Study after study shows that exercise is critical for long-term physical and mental health. If you are working so much that you aren’t exercising at all, then sit down and honestly evaluate your time. Make your physical health a priority.
Most of you know this otherwise you wouldn’t be here. I recommend talking with one of our trainers. Why not take the first step? Try our Pro Plan 30-days risk-free.
#4 – You never have fun
Make sure you taking time every day if possible to do something that’s fun.
#5 – You never invest in personal relationships
Have you looked back at a week, month, or year and realized you’ve worked to the detriment of your personal relationships?
At different points in your life, you may have to put a hold on different circles of your friendship, but always make sure you are nurturing your inner circle. Those are the people who support you no matter what, provide you with honest advice, and stability in your life.
#6 – You are aimless
Make sure you have a goal hierarchy. Know your top-level values and priorities and how major aspects of your life like work, school, relationships connect.
Not having any structure will hurt your productivity at work as well as your balance at home.
#7 – You never finish projects
There is a variety of reasons why people don’t finish projects. Sometimes these reasons are great and should be applauded. Sometimes you just come to a point where you have to cut ties and call it a loss.
However, lots of our reasons aren’t great:
#8 – You never stop thinking about work
Have you ever found yourself at home thinking about work? What about sitting at dinner with friends and 15 minutes pass and you’re in the work la la land?
Give yourself permission to leave work at work. In Deep Work, Cal Newport shares that when he’s done with work for the day he has a routine he repeats that helps his brain know he’s leaving work.
#9 – You’re always stressed
Whenever we don’t foster healthy habits, our body will respond with increased stress. It knows we’re out of whack. In the talk above, David Allen discusses how you can experience stress-free productivity.
Stress will affect all of your life including your work. Here are a few tips to help you keep stress in check:
#10 – You never say no to your job
I won’t say a lot about this here because we have written about this topic in-depth. However, once you’ve set clear goals give yourself the freedom to say no to things that aren’t high-value.
Sometimes that means saying no to something that’s good but comes up at the wrong time. Sometimes that just means saying no without explanation. Take a minute and read “The Power of Saying No.”
#11 – You have no hobbies
The world is a terrible, beautiful, and exciting place. There is so many things to do around us. You can’t do everything, but you can experiment with different hobbies to stretch yourself, find something you truly enjoy, and increase your creativity.
Here are some benefits of having a hobby:
Reduces stress Connects you with other people Fosters creativity Exposes you different points of view Provides resistance to grow Helps you continually learn #12 – Checking emails late into the night
Checking emails throughout the day is a sure sign you aren’t fostering healthy habits. Doing so prevents you from focusing on the most important parts of your work. Doing so late at night when you should be focusing on other aspects of your life prevents you from having any kind of balance in your life.
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Rubber Band Theory of Personality (Are you Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?)
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Our personalities are flexible…but only to a point. Knowing yourself will help you as you chart your path to success. Set aside time to try new things outside of your comfort zone. Susan Cain wrote a powerful book that has resonated with hundreds of thousands of people — Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
In a team meeting, we discussed this selection from Quiet:
“We can stretch our personalities, but only up to a point. Our inborn temperaments influence us, regardless of the lives we lead. A sizable part of who we are is ordained by our genes, by our brains, by our nervous systems. And yet the elasticity that Schwartz found in some of the high-reactive teens also suggests the converse: we have free will and can use it to shape our personalities.
These seem like contradictory principles, but they are not. Free will can take us far, suggests Dr. Schwartz’s research, but it cannot carry us infinitely beyond our genetic limits. Bill Gates is never going to be Bill Clinton, no matter how he polishes his social skills, and Bill Clinton can never be Bill Gates, no matter how much time he spends alone with a computer.
We might call this the ‘rubber band theory’ of personality. We are like rubber bands at rest. We are elastic and can stretch ourselves, but only so much.”
Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs
Let’s make this practical. Check out the way Bill Gates and the team from Microsoft tried to pump up the crowd for the release of Windows 95:
Now politics aside, you can’t question that Bill Clinton could command a room. However, for an even more apples-to-apples comparison, let’s look at the way Steve Jobs works a crowd.
This video shows the product launch for the original iPhone. It’s long but just watch the first few minutes:
Both of these men are brilliant in their respective fields but these videos show the drastic differences in their personality. Steve Jobs was comfortable commanding a room with the sheer anticipation of the product creating excitement.
Bill Gates, on the other hand, didn’t look comfortable in that same settings and struggled to describe his product with words that illicit the same kind of atmosphere Jobs set.
Train Anyone, Anywhere in the World. How far will your personality stretch?
Honestly evaluate your own personality.
These are important things to know as you chart your path to success. How can we reconcile the tension between playing to our strengths/using our gifts and stretching ourselves outside of our comfort zone?
Now that’s even tougher question. How can you maximize your strengths and gifting while also not crippling yourself by never stretching outside your comfort zone?
If you never sat down and thought about that, we recommend doing so. What works best for everyone will vary but we recommend setting aside time for activities that are outside of your comfort zone.
You might be surprised to find an activity that with a little nurturing turns into a strength.
If you do some further digging for more recent Microsoft events, you can easily spot that Bill Gates has spent time developing his on-stage presence. He’s still not in the Bill Clinton or Steve Jobs stratosphere, but he’s definitely developed his voice.
Susan Cain Talks Quiet
Take a few minutes and watch Susan’s TED Talk about her book.
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How to Game Plan for Change (Real World Tips!)
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Surviving isn’t just for hikers; it’s for when your circumstances change. “The most successful are open to the changing nature of their environment.” Having a game plan for changing circumstances is critical for survival. One of our recent team meetings centered on how to survive being lost as explained in Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales.
The extreme unpredictability of nature carries a lot of parallels to operating your own business.
Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out…
Something unexpected comes along and you’re left out of sorts and scrambling to survive!
5 Stages of Being Lost
Here are the 5 Stages of Being Lost:
You’re disoriented but continue to “push through it.” You start to realize that you’re lost and get a little frazzled. You desperately search for any scrap of evidence to match what you think is going on! You start to break down rationally and emotionally. This is NOT good. You accept your lost condition and resolve to start fresh from where you are.
A lot of people tend to get stuck in steps one to four and never make it to step five. Unfortunately, those are not survivors.
Instead, the best thing you can do is get to step 5 as quickly as you can be recognizing your limits and focusing on your new reality:
Stop → Observe → Think → Plan → Act
“The most successful are open to the changing nature of their environment.”
Here are the Survival Rules for Life to help you out in any bind – whether you’re stuck on a snowy mountaintop or in the middle of a business breakdown:
Be here now – Develop an appreciation for full engagement with what’s in front of you. Know the limits of your experience – Just because something has worked in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t need to innovate in the future. Adaptability is key – You have to plan in order to be successful, but be ready to let go of your plan and adjust your course as you perceive changes in your environment.
Check out more about Deep Survival. The next time you’re caught off guard, how are you going to dig in and observe your situation so you can put together a new game plan and take decisive action?
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