MARCH 2015

7 TIPS FOR BETTER LIFE BALANCE

During my corporate career, I worked 16-hour days earning a handsome six-digit salary, but I didn’t have the time to spend it. In my view, work-life balance was an oxymoron (work isn’t an integral part of life) and life-balance was overrated. After all, when you love what you do, isn’t over indulgencing your prerogative, privilege and pleasure

At age 37, after an alleged heart attack interrupted the writing of my monthly sales report, I relinquished inventing things to do to avoid those that were important. My aim: to have more quality and less clutter, and to be productive instead of busy. Ultimately, I became aware that the point was not to eliminate the unproductive elements for the sake of creating a vacuum, but to create the freedom and resolve to pursue my dreams and experience the best in the world.

Does your life have meaning and purpose? Or do you work for work’s sake? Are you contributing anything useful to the world? Or are you busy answering unimportant calls, banging away at keyboards, and living from weekend to weekend or one annual vacation to the next

Life isn’t limited to achieving goals. Life is about doing what is important and excites you. Here are seven tips for better life balance that quickly will create more time to do the things that excite you:

1. Learn what you control and what you don’t. Are you wasting valuable time and energy on things that are beyond your control? Make a list and check it twice. Cross off the items you cannot influence to instantly free RAM space on your mental memory disk so you can engage in the things that thrill you.

2. Unplug. Do you make yourself available to everyone and anyone 24/7? Today disconnecting is becoming more important than connecting. Designate at least one day each week as technology-free, and enjoy a day of leisure, pleasure, family or friends. During the week, focus concentrated attention daily on completing your highest priority tasks by switching off your phone and working offline. You will improve the quality of your output in less time, allowing you to focus on things of greater personal importance.

3. Learn to say no. You can make another dollar but can you make another minute Because we each have 24 hours a day, time is not a resource but a matter of priorities. Learning to say no is a skill that can be learned and improved. Practice saying, Sorry, that doesn’t work for me but I’ll let you know if anything changes. Have you tried X ? Over time, you will have more discretionary time and feel less stressed.

4. Set boundaries. Do you answer cell calls in meetings, during meals or during your kids? sports or school events People’s liberties stop where yours start. Don’t let others impose their expectations, views or values on you. Boundaries serve to protect and take good care of you. Master setting healthy boundaries so you can feel more centered in your work and your relationships.

5. Outsource whenever you can. Have you ever considered making someone’s day by allowing him or her to take over the tasks you’d rather not do? There are people in this world who would jump at the chance to do some of the things that you hate to do, or that you’re not good at doing. Even if you can do it better, the goal is to free your time to focus on bigger and better things.

6. Make self-care a priority. You don’t really think it’s possible to steal from yourself, do you Every time you work into the night, forsake exercising, bolt down your food before going back to work or give up an opportunity to have fun, you’re withdrawing value from your self-worth account. Put yourself first by taking care of all aspects of your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual life so you can experience the benefits of being and life balance.

7. Seek support. Are you one of those people who believe you can do everything yourself If your imbalance results from that false premise, find someone who can help you change that dysfunctional behavior. Hire a personal coach who can assess your current situation, identify the changes you must make, hold you accountable, and help you overcome mental hurdles and underlying emotional barriers so you can accelerate progress and self-growth.

Do you feel challenged by the above tips? If you’d like some help getting on track, or back on track, to a more balanced life, contact me.

As someone who’s been in your shoes, I know just how to help you make the changes needed to improve the quality of your life significantly.

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