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The Secret to Achieving Work/Life Balance

2020 is already here. Most of us are busy with preparing or starting the new year resolutions. One interesting new year resolution we found out from one of our customers is ‘Achieving Work-Life Balance’. In a time where most of us are wondering how fast 2019 passed by, we did some digging in the internet and found this good article done by Richard Foulkes.

As per Richard, “There’s No Secret to Achieving Work/Life Balance”, it’s all about, achieving Harmany. He says, “While life can’t be fully in balance, it is possible to create a life that is in harmony with your vision of who you are, who you want to be and what you want to spend your time doing”.

It talks about 7 great concepts in achieving this harmony and we thought of sharing it as they seem really valuable for any businessperson today.

1. Wherever you are, be all there!

When you are at work, don’t think about being at home. When you are at home don’t think about what you should be doing at work. Wherever you are there, be there wholly and completely. Also, step away from your mobile device and be fully present. This includes at your meetings. Being fully present means you are giving others your full attention and using their and your time well.

2. Be creative about how you manage your time

Work late or start early if you must, but in short bursts to get something important done. 

3. Integrate various areas of your life

Work from home if you can, separate home/work properly while you are there. Work with your team away somewhere or when you travel on business where your family or partner can join you later for fun.

4. Practice letting go and holding on

In life, contrary to adverts on tv, it’s not possible to have it all. We must make choices. Practice understanding what things to say no to. At the same time think about the things that are truly important in your life. Hold onto those with all your might. Let go of the things that aren’t congruent with your goals and mission.

5. Be intentional about who you let into and keep in your life

Jim Rohn said “We are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with”. Identify the type of people who help you be the person you want to be and get or keep them in your life. Try to stay away from people that stop or don’t want you to the person you want to be.

6. Build margins for your life

Life is crazy busy, Unless you are retired, people hardly argue about it. Create a life that has some margins in it. Build in free time, family time, personal time. It might be to read, have a day off, play golf, but if you don’t plan the margins, it can be months or years before you put your head up for air. Don’t be proud of never having a holiday for years.

7. Work to your flame

This connects with last week’s education on Category. Work doing what you love as much as you can. You will be energized and excited as much. Get others to do what you don’t like doing or aren’t good at.

Note: Link to the original content can be found here.
(Few points are slightly modified to make them general)

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