It is New Year’s Day, and perhaps you completed your list of resolutions, rehashed or repurposed those from last year, or you are simply wondering where to begin! This is a good day, and a good time, to revisit the subject of balance. After all, life is indeed a delicate balancing act!
Are you improving the world, or are you enjoying it? Perhaps you are able to juggle well and do both, and then again, perhaps not! We all know that life gets in the way, and we all know that we need balance. From the mailroom to the board room, we all need balance, and we need it sooner rather than later.
Know your Limitations
Are you an assertive type who finds it easy to say “no”? Or, are you a selfless type who takes on more than you can possibly handle? Negotiate for workplace balance by knowing yourself and your limitations, and remember that “no” can be a complete sentence. This means that it’s perfectly acceptable to say “no” without any further explanation. As a matter of fact, “no” can be the best time management tool that you have!
How to Seek Help
Successful, balanced professionals are not afraid to ask for help. Everyone needs help from time to time, and reaching out is an admirable skill. Be acutely aware of the stressors in your schedule and in your life. Know thyself first! Manage yourself, and take advantage of counseling, coaches, professional peers, mentors and more.
For one day, notice how often you are not focusing on the task at hand. For example, during a phone call, are you thinking of what you have to do after you are done with the call? Are you straightening the clutter on your desk as you listen to a coworker?
So, how is your year going so far? What- it just started and you are still recovering from last year and more specifically- last night! Are you ready for balance? Reflect on these thoughts, and experience balance firsthand!
- No one knows you better than you; work that to your advantage
- Become a master of efficiency
- Identify those areas of life most important for your well-being
- Know your limits and empower yourself to balance
- Make 2018 the year that you experience the balancing act