“I arise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” E.B.White
How is your day going so far? Are you improving the world, or are you enjoying it? Perhaps you are able to juggle well and do both, and then again, perhaps not! We all know that life gets in the way, and we all know that we need balance. From the mailroom to the boardroom, we all need balance, and we need it sooner rather than later. When you think about your busy day…exactly how busy is it?
We all have a ‘to do’ list, but do we have a ‘must do’ list? I advise concentrating on the ‘must do’ list and recognizing that we must focus on balance and on what can be done. After all, each of us has the same number of hours in a day.
Football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse – they are all team sports, and they all involve teamwork. If you are a part of a team, or if you are leading that team, but you function like The Lone Ranger rather than The Brady Bunch, the team will suffer, and so too will the outcomes. A business team can achieve far more than the sum of the individual skills alone. How and why?
- They can generate a wider range of ideas
- They are self-motivated
- They can brainstorm
- They often take more risks than individuals
- They have a range of personalities and styles such as workers, thinkers, leaders who contribute the right balance of skills necessary to achieve high performance
- They support each other
- They provide mentoring
Think about the high performing teams with which you have worked and identify the aspects of teamwork that is, or was, most beneficial.
Concentrate by being present in the moment. During your next call or meeting, think about the individual with whom you are meeting and what he/she is saying, not about what you need to do next.
Track Your Time
Do you often find yourself at the end of the day wondering where the time went? Consider tracking how long it takes you to do routine tasks so that you can better plan your time.
So, how is your day going so far? Are you ready for balance? Reflect on these thoughts, and experience balance firsthand!
- No one knows you better than you; work that to your advantage
- Become a master of efficiency
- Identify those areas of life most important for your well-being
- Know your limits and empower yourself to balance
About the Author of B is for Balance, 2nd edition:
Sharon is an energetic, motivating and highly skilled speaker who educates others, enriches their lives, and empowers them to achieve balance in their own lives.
Sharon draws on her own life experiences to help others gain control of their life purpose. Sharon is Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Nursing and a member of the Kaplan University School of Nursing Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of the American College of Wellness and the American Academy of Nursing.
Work-Life Balance is not just what she does – it is clearly who she is!
Sharon is a member of the National Speakers Association.