This week’s video strategy was inspired by a question I received on Facebook around my opinion of the use of the term work-life “balance” vs. work-life “harmony.” In response, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my thoughts on work-life “balance” and how to define what it looks like for you.
So first off, I tend to use the term work-life balance because I think most people easily understand what that means. However, I intend for it to capture the spirit of terms like work-life harmony or work-life symbiosis. In other words, you will never have perfect 50/50 balance between your work and personal life; sometimes you will have to be more focused on your family and other times you’ll have to give more hours to your business. The goal is for you to be able to honor your priorities at any given time–and only you can define what those are.
The key is how your are feeling…Do you end your days feeling fulfilled–like you accomplished what was most important to you? Or are you feeling stressed and guilty? If it’s the former, you’re doing something right. If it’s the latter, here are some of my top tips for getting yourself back on track and feeling more “balanced.”
1.Define your current values and priorities.
2. Create boundaries to protect your precious family time and your work time.
3. Learn how to confidently (but respectfully) say “no” to anything that’s not a priority right now.
4. Don’t be afraid to get help. Outsource anything not in your “sweet spot” so you have more time to devote to what’s important to you.
5. Remember, hours worked does not equal productivity. Learn how to become more efficient and effective with your time.
6. Take care of yourself. The more you sleep, exercise, eat healthy…the more productive you’ll be and the more energy you’ll have for the important people in your life.