Strategies for Achieving Better Work-Life Balance
Being “self-aware” will allow you to monitor your stress levels, see danger signs, and take personal responsibility for your holistic health.
- Support from Family and Friends.
In your quest for balance between your work life and your home life, there is perhaps no more important factor than your relationships with family and friends. Getting the family aspect of your life right will help you enormously in achieving and maintaining balance.
- Nutrition and Exercise.
Physical stamina is not a luxury in today’s fast-paced business climate; it is a required element for high performance. Your mind and body cannot operate at full potential if you have poor nutritional habits. Exercise is equally essential to maintaining good health.
You may be so busy with work that you no longer have time for hobbies, but having even one hobby is essential to work-life balance. Time completely absorbed in an activity unrelated to your business will do wonders for your productivity. It will also give your mind and body a well-deserved rest from work.
- Recovery Strategies.
Your work-life balance plan should incorporate recovery breaks into your daily or weekly routine. These can be anything from a five-minute walk at lunchtime to dinner and a movie with family and friends to a weekend golf game.
Sleep deprivation is a major issue for people under stress. If you make it a habit to skimp on sleep, you may not even remember how it feels to wake up fully rested. Sleep is an essential ingredient in balancing work and home obligations. Make sleep a priority for a week and see how it impacts your performance.
- S t u f f.
For many people, it is the “stuff” in their lives that causes stress. Stuff runs the spectrum from unfinished projects to personality clashes with co-workers to a messy office. Stop and recognize all the stuff in your life. You will gain immediate confidence and clarity as you begin to identify and remove unneeded stuff from your life.
- Learn How to Say No.
If you are a high achiever, you must learn how to say no. Do not let someone else’s problem or responsibility become yours.
- Time Management.
You may not have a time management issue; rather, you have become so conditioned to multitasking that you have forgotten to do just one thing at a time. Your ability to focus on one issue at a time will reduce anxiety and stress.
- Rearranging Priorities.
Work-life balance means having equilibrium among all of the priorities of your life. Consider this simple exercise. List the priorities of your life from 1 to 5. Your priorities may include personal interests, family time, hobbies, exercise, or numerous other things. Now, analyse the percentage of time you actually spend on these priorities. It is likely that you will experience frustration from the fact that your ranking of these priorities is out of alignment with the actual time you spend on them.
Use Setbacks to Motivate Yourself
Here are five ways to use setbacks as a motivator to take you to the next level:
Step 1: Don’t take it personally. The prospect or client is not rejecting you. Rather, they are rejecting your offering.
Step 2: Know when to cut your losses. Decide in advance how much time and effort you will put into the acquisition of a particular prospect.
Step 3: Rely on your support system. When you are confronted with rejection, your ego is damaged. It helps to open up to others to get your hurt feelings and frustrations off your chest. A support system enables you to heal the wound by offering encouragement, guidance, and counsel. Members of your support system can also offer constructive feedback.
Step 4: Maintain your focus on control. Focus on the controllable outcomes. Do not lose energy and confidence by dwelling on uncontrollable forces that influence decision.
Step 5: Keep a positive attitude. Use your failure to connect with a prospective customer as a learning experience, an opportunity to find out what you might do differently in each phase of your business development and client service process.
A few questions, thoughts and activities to get you started
1. Get a hobby. Or if you have a hobby but haven’t engaged it in for months, make time for it this week. Doing something that doesn’t pertain to your business can help you “reset” your brain and boost your creativity and productivity.2. Incorporate “recovery breaks” into your schedule.
2. Even a five-minute walk taken in the middle of a busy day can recharge your energy level.
3. Evaluate how much time and attention you actually give to your priorities. List out your priorities and then compare the list to your schedule.
4. How can you create an emotional connection with your customers? Brainstorm several ways that would work for your business and then implement at least one this month.
5. How do you handle setbacks and rejection? Does it stop you in your tracks or motivate you to take a different and better approach?
7. Use setbacks to motivate yourself” If you struggle with hearing “no,” repeat the mantra “Every no brings me closer to a yes!