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We Aren’t All Clowns

Are you exhausting yourself trying to juggle too much at once? Do you find yourself coming home from work only to sit down, pull out your laptop, and start working again? It’s time to stop telling yourself and your loved ones, “only one more email” and actually focus on the time we often don’t give ourselves enough of; time for family, friends, and YOU.

When your work life and personal life are out of balance, your stress level is likely to soar. We came across a great 30 second speech by the Former CEO of Coca Cola, Bryan Dyson that we feel offers some great words of wisdom to help you treasure (and make more of) that time which is so very valuable.

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls-Family, Health, Friends and Spirit-are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Here are a few more helpful tips to help you find that balance you rightfully deserve:

1. Prioritize. Try to figure out what your top five priorities are, not what you think they should be. Make a list and be honest with yourself. Now see if you can cut that list down to your top three.

2. Eliminate The Unnecessary. Once you’ve created your list of priorities, it will be easier for you to see where you could start cutting things out. Tell yourself, OK, if it didn’t make my top five, I can get rid of it.

3. Private Time. Respect this time and others will too. Ask yourself, do I really need to check my email and phone every five minutes or can it wait? Don’t be afraid to talk to your manager if you feel your work is truly taking away from your personal time. Demonstrate that you can be efficient and productive in the time you are at the office. Keep in mind that more hours does not mean you are being more productive.

Here’s to a better work-life balance and more time for the things you love.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Jan Wencel says:

    Terrific reminder, Jessica. You colleague, Debbie, shared the bouncing ball concept with me a few years back. I love how your last tip is labeled “private” time. Somehow it seems more powerful to me than the “me” time. Great thanks for the language boost!

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