Creating a fulfilling life quality, wellness and resiliency are things we strive for in our hectic lives.
The following are some tips and reminders about creating a positive work experience. What do you resonate with the most? And what else works for you which you might like to share?
Work balance tips
- Differentiate between what you can control and what you cannot. Do something about that you can control – let go of the other
- Delegate – team members are often keen to progress to “meatier” projects. As a leader, encourage development and create these opportunities for team members
- Do a reality check on your expectations. Do your projects have adequate resources, are deadlines realistic and your priorities correct?
- Do you need to manage upwards better?
- Negotiate to work in ways that suit you e.g. having a day away when you work from home
- Get feedback from your colleagues and boss. This could give you the needed missing perspective
- Review and critique your current commitments in line with your priorities. Do you have to be involved with those special projects at work, while serving on the school board of trustees and coaching junior soccer?
- Learn or do something which develops you which you enjoy beyond the known, operational tasks
- Have regular breaks including time out for lunch. “Little and often” is a good formula to remember. Take a longer weekend from time to time
- Build in mental bonuses – things that you can look forward to as rewards to keep going now
- Schedule some fun time with your team e.g. a slightly longish Friday lunch every so often. This is not only good for team morale but a forced time to just hang together
- Watch your internal chatter and work on keeping an upbeat frame of mind. Your outlook determines your experience of any circumstances, “good or bad”
- Make a commitment to your well-being. You are only as strong as the weakest link in your chain in your system. Though it requires conscious awareness and effort initially, it is a lot easier to implement balancing strategies than to deal with the aftermath of burnout.
My enthusiasm has gotten me into a lot of strife. I used to over-commit. I am now learning to be a lot more discerning and say no to more things. The question I ask is, how important is this for me right now and does it serve my bigger picture?
Final thoughts: In implementing some of the above tips, it may be about shifting your perception and giving yourself permission to do things in a different and slightly unfamiliar way.
What is something you can give yourself permission for?
Jasbindar Singh loves helping people progress in the careers, leadership and lives. She works as a business psychologist, leadership coach and conference facilitator.
You can get my brief 7 Actions to Get Your Mojo Back Guide here