What is "work life balance" anyway?
Work Life Balance is really a balance between PERFORMANCE and PLEASURE.
I go to work on this DAILY. It really is daily choices over time and practice to get it right....but once you do...you have this AHA moment (thank you Oprah)...it feels SO good and you are like...I did it! I rocked this day! I have it ALL and I figure out the DANCE between performance and pleasure. WOOT WOOT!!
SMALL DAILY CHANGES OVER TIME...
LEAD TO EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS!!
4 simple and essential steps to get EXTRAORDINARY-U to work life balance:
1. TAKE ON YOUR HEALTH.
How do I know this? I have experienced this in my own life! 2 years ago, I couldn't run a city block, rapidly approaching 200 pounds, my job in jeopardy, my marriage on the rocks, my mothering...well what example was I REALLY setting?
Now I am running marathons, lost almost 50 pounds, getting raises, reconciling relationships,..I am doing things I have never done before, really don't know how to do technically but I am pushing myself bigger than I ever knew possible.
HOW??!! Because I took on my health!! Robin Sharma will say, "You can't do good unless you feel good." Your PERFORMANCE at work is ENHANCED. You are more EFFICIENT and JOYFUL. And then at the end of the day you still have the ENERGY to play with your kids or go visit your parents, cook a healthy meal, or take on a new adventure. My husband lost 25 pounds just because I was cooking differently and we were making different choices.
So TAKE ON YOUR HEALTH! Be Sexy!
2. JOIN THE 5 O'CLOCK CLUB
What is this? So many of us are like...well I wanna take on my health and I wanna lose 15 pounds but I just don't have the time!! (as we stop our foot)
You want work life balance? SET YOUR ALARM FOR 5AM!! It may be the most powerful thing you do all year. What is the big idea here? You get up just 1 hour before the rest of the household and take that hour for YOU.
Do you realize if you get up just 1 hour earlier each day at the end of the week you would have 7 extra hours...that's almost a full work day! At the end of the month you would have almost 30 extra hours!! At the end of the year you would actually have gained 365 hours or 15.2 DAYS...that's over 2 weeks!! In 10 years...3,610 hours or 150 days!! DO YOU GET THAT??!! You have the knowledge and power to gain almost a HALF A YEAR to your life!! WOW that's a BIG IDEA!! What are you going to do with it??!!
Take this hour as your POWER HOUR!! Go to the gym, yoga, meditate, journal, blog, or just sit and BE, envision your dreams, plan your day, and drink your coffee. When you take this hour for you...you begin to know yourself...and when you begin to know yourself...you can begin to make better choices....with better choices you will get better results.
How do I know this? My alarm goes off at 4:30 am, I lace up my shoes and bust a run in. I come back and meditate (something new I am taking on), hit the showers and rock out my day! I FOUND me...in this hour....like IT TAKES SOMETHING to have this commitment...you take this on...it will open up new possibilities in your life you NEVER thought possible!!
3. IDENTIFY YOUR COMMITMENTS & COMMUNICATE THEM
So we all have things we are committed to in different areas of our lives...like this blog...I am committed to being the light, inspiring and motivating with posts a minimum of 2 times a week...right? So I just told you that and you can hold me to that :)
Let's take that to the work life balance dance floor.... What are you really committed to in that area of your life?
Well, what I did was literally took out a piece of paper and around the area of work life balance (with really work in mind) I answered the question. Here was the list I came up with:
I am committed to:
- My word...like if I say I going to do something...I do it
- Quality work
- Our shareholders
- Being a team player...like you need me...I am there
- Respect and honoring my leaders
- Having a LIFE that works
This is where the balance comes in...so INSIDE my commitments... I am committed to having A LIFE THAT WORKS....and a life that works for me means being there at special moments of my daughter's life (this is just one example so you get the point). So I ask for an adjustment to my schedule to be able to attend my daughter's holiday parties at school. She has 3 a year, they are 1 hour long, 1:30pm - 2:30pm and it is IMPORTANT to me that I attend these. I want to know my daughter's world, ya know??!!
So when these holiday parties came up...my managers and I created a plan around my schedule that works! Each time maybe alittle different depending on the timing of the year and the flow of work. But we got it...a beautiful dance to the melody of work life balance....my work gets a POWERFUL, COMMITTED, DEDICATED ME and I get this amazing moment in my daughter's life where I can meet her friends and really see who she is in her world...all in the same day!
So what are you committed to? Communicate that and begin to unlock that area of your life that is important to you!
4. SCHEDULE EVERYTHING
Schedule everything!!! What gets scheduled gets done...that's a big idea!
You have a meeting at work...you get an invite...you accept the invite...and you show up at the meeting right? Easy. Same thing...you make a doctor or hair appointment...you put it on your calender...you arrive on site on the day of your appointment at the appropriate time. No brainer...yes?
Back on the work life balance dance floor....So now you take on this new adventure of your health...schedule it! 5k training runs...schedule it!! Church...schedule it! Sexy adventures...schedule it! The power hour...schedule it!! Sleep...sometimes I have to schedule it!!! What gets scheduled gets done!!
I am sure you are like really??!! YES REALLY!! Your calendar is the perfect picture (its proof) of what you are committed too...whoa! What do I mean here? Ok...I live and breathe by Google Calender...if you are not familiar with it...it is an amazingly powerful tool...I have a calender set up for my daughter (blue), husband (red), family (orange) work(purple), me (green), personal development (dark green), my business (bright green), birthdays, etc etc....and each one is assigned a different color. I can view my calenders layered on each other or alone. You can access via the web or my phone, set alarms, pop ups etc. At one glance, in vivid color...I can see my day...
SMALL DAILY CHANGES OVER TIME...
LEAD TO EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS!!
So if you are striving for work life balance...your calender should look like a rainbow...filled with a BALANCE between PERFORMANCE & PLEASURE!!
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