Five Observations About Work-life Balance

Five Observations About Work-life Balance

Five Observations Work-life Balance

Here are five observations about work-life balance for career professionals, each followed by four quick tips to reinforce desired behavior:

1) The typical career professional feels driven by external forces to race through the day.  Professionals with work-life balance acknowledge that their own habits are the primary force in achieving work-life balance.
    * forsake acting as if someone is holding a whip over you
    * allow for sufficient adequate drive time
    * prepare your own lunches, if it helps
    * cease blaming others

2) The typical professional sacrifices rest and reflection in the hope of getting more done. Those with work-life balance take time for rest and reflection throughout the day, and accomplish more as a result.
     * draw upon self-calming rituals all day long
    * linger a moment after lunch
    * center yourself on the way to breaks, and even between tasks
    * sleep eight hours a night

3) The typical professional worries that taking periodic breaks might lead to shirking their work. Professionals with work-life balance regard periodic breaks as vital to their high productivity.
     * rise from your seat at least every 20 minutes, which is required for good health
     * stand, walk, or stretch whenever you feel the need
    * refocus your vision – every 20 minutes, look 20 feet out, for 20 seconds
    * drink water and head-off hydration problems

4) The typical professional is resigned to a state of "too much to do, not enough time to do it." Professionals with work-life balance establish clear priorities, support them, and assemble resources to accomplish their objectives.
    * establish life priorities and pursue them daily
    * devise quantified, reachable, and written goals which support your priorities
    * tap the skills of others in your network
    * retain extra help for domestic tasks

5) The typical professional multi-tasks, thinking that this is essential to get more done in less time. Professionals with work-life balance focus on the task at hand and accomplish more in less time.
     * concentrate on the current task and take appropriate breaks at timed intervals
    * secure the quiet space needed to do your best work
    * avoid articles that imply multitasking is okay and even preferable    
    * master the art of doing one thing at a time

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Jeff Davidson

Work-Life Balance Expert

Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit or call 919-932-1996 for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars.

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