So it’s Friday as I write this and this has prompted me to post about work / life balance.
Are you saying ‘thank god it’s Friday’?
‘I would love to have a great weekend; however I have so much work to do’
‘I am totally stressed and shattered’
This weekend I would ask you to think about what you would like your life to be like in regards to work / life balance and formulate a vision statement for this. It should be no longer than 15 words.
This may seem very formal, however most successful companies use vision statements to motivate people and allow it to create strategy and planning. If you want to change anything in life you need to have a strategy and a plan
e.g. ‘My life is about family, friends and allowing me time to enjoy life more’
From this you can formulate strategies to help you achieve this vision
- Spend more quality time with my family
- Ensure that I stay in contact with friends
- Allow time for me
Make the planning part simple to start with; look at small changes.
A tool to help you is Start Stop & Continue
Write down all the things that you want to start doing, stop doing and how to continue doing the things that feels write in your life.
Be warned the bit inside you that doesn’t like change will start saying things like
- I don’t have time for this
- It will affect my work
- I will have time to do this when I retire or kids leave home
As Nigel Marsh says in the attached TED video, success should not be based on who has the most money when they die.
Nobody can make these changes except you
Hope you enjoy the TED video, if you have any anecdotes or things that have helped you with work life balance please comment.
Hope you have a great weekend