Everyone could us a few extra hours each day. The real challenge is that even if we had the extra hours, we must harmoniously integrate our professional and personal lives. Work too hard, and your relationships suffer. Work too little or ineffectively and your business or profession suffers. So, the solution is the balancing of your work and private life.
But, here is the problem. Everyone will have a unique definition of balance. “The notion of ‘balance’ looks different for everyone. These days, with the advent and advancement of technology most of us could actually address a part of our business or professional lives on-line and through the “cloud.” Another problem is that the balance we seek could be ever-changing.
I thought it would be interesting to research what a few busy people had to say. In doing this research, I discovered an article written by Matt Villano for Entrepreneur Magazine entitled, 5 Tips for Maintaining Work-Life Balance from People Who Have Been There.
Five executives offered their perspective on balancing their work and private life. If you would like to read the original article, you can find it here.
1. Cali Yost, founder and CEO, Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit says, forget the balancing act. The notion of work-life balance implies that the two can and should be equivalent. Rather, consider the integration as a moving target that’s a natural extension of your lifestyle. “Work ebbs and flows. There are times when you’re busy; there are times when you’re not as busy. It’s always changing. We all have completely different sets of work and personal realities at any one time. Naturally, how those fit together is going to be completely different for each of us.
2. Marc Diana, CEO, MoneyTips says, we should leverage technology.
Used efficiently, technology can make all aspects of your personal and professional strategy — scheduling, collaborating, project management — easier. Marc says, “My businesses are spread out over different locations and different time zones, so technology is critical to helping me control the intensity of the demands of work on my personal life. I’m big into digital Kanban boards [such as Trello and JIRA], which help with real-time prioritization of decisions. Real-time screen-share environments [SkypeShare, GoToMeeting and join.me] are helpful as well, as are collaborative spreadsheets, documents and presentations.”
3. Kate Weiler, CEO, DRINKmaple says, get selfish. “One of the best ways to ensure that work doesn’t overwhelm you — and that you’re operating at peak performance — is to fiercely protect the time you devote to personal activities. That means planning and prioritizing vacations, regular exercise and some form of mental recharging. “No matter what, make time to work out or meditate. I like to get up early, before the day starts going and other things can interrupt that special shutoff time. If you say you are going to do it later, it always will get pushed off.”
4. Donna Levin, vice president, Global Workplace Solutions, Care.com says, get outside help. When you’re overtired and overworked, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the dramas of your own world. To combat this, Outsource tasks that aren’t fulfilling to you, and turn to friends and people in your professional network for guidance and support. “You need to outsource the stuff you’re not good at. When I have free time, I don’t want to be doing these things; I prefer to spend it creating meaningful moments with my kids. Even if those moments aren’t meaningful to my kids, they’re meaningful to me.”
5. Joanna Strober, CEO of Kurbo Health says, prioritize. Not all tasks, be they professional or personal, are created equal. The sooner you bring yourself to focus on the most important ones, the better off you’ll be. “For me, integrating work and life is about ruthlessly prioritizing and focusing only on the things that matter — both at work and at home. At work it might mean meeting a deadline or scoring a lunch with a key contact. If I go on a business trip, I make sure it’s really important and necessary. If you’re prioritizing the right way, you’re making sure none of these important things get dropped.”
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