It’s a heck of a lot easier for this fifteen-thousand pound beauty to learn how to balance on two front legs than it is for you to learn how to balance your life and your work.
Many of you still haven’t been able to achieve work/life balance. But some people are lucky. Take Dro, a woman in her early 20s, who I met during the Fourth of July weekend. Dro worked as a production assistant on movie sets in New York for a couple of years. Although she loved her work in “show biz,” Dro quit her dream job and is now employed by a high-end shoe store for women.
“Why the career-veer,” I asked?
“It was a work/life balance thing,” Dro replied. “After working eighteen hour days for small pay, I didn’t have time for myself or family.”
You don’t need to quit your job in order to balance your life. The term “work/life balance” was coined in the 1920s when all but five states in the union passed legislation limiting work hours in order to ease the strain on workers whose bosses dictated the number of hours they must put in. But only eleven states limited work to eight hours a day. The movement gained momentum and by the 1930s, the great depression caused a further reduction of the workday because companies didn’t want to layoff employes. So they chose to distribute hours among their workers.
What about today? With a workforce that’s been trimmed to the bone and where employees who are left are expected to do twice as much work, achieving work/life balance is no easy task. Sophisticsted technology has made it hard to do. That’s because you’re able to keep contact with work 24/7. And you bring your cellphone—and maybe your iWatch—into your play time.
And if you’re the “all business “type of person, trying to achieve work/life balance is even harder. That’s because you keep on working even in non-work envirornments. You live life for your job as you you strive for success, recognition, money, and all the pleasures success can buy. If you’re all work all the time, you’re a workaholic. If the shoe fits, there’s more need than ever to at least try to balance your life and your work.
Here are a couple of tips to help you balance your life. The first tip is for work and the second for outside of work:
When it comes to work, try to focus on doing one thing at a time. “Oh, but I can multitask,” you say? Computers can multitask. Humans can’t. Just try to write two letters simontaniously! However, when you put all of your attention on doing one thing at a time, you’ll be able finish your project quicker with much less stress.
For outside of work, build some downtime into your schedule. you can accomplished this by blocking out time on your calendar for things you want to do for leisure. For example, schedule on your calendar workouts and family times as you would business appointments and meetings. You can call this “building time for myself” or “making a date with me.”
Balancing your life will recharge your batteries. As a result, you’ll feel more energized and can use that energy in the service of your work.
Learn more about how to balance your life and career in part two of my new book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.”
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