2014 - April - It's About Time

Are you finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of work and the rest of your life?  You’re not alone.  With that smart phone in your hand, you can be plugged into work even when you’re not at work.

Your GraceBlood Team faces the same challenges that you do – finding time for balance every day.  Tammy says, “My schedule includes eating dinner together every night with the family (without devices.)  It’s a time to be together and catch up.”  She gets time for herself by getting up early in the morning, before the family:  she checks email; drinks a cup of coffee and reads quietly until the day’s schedule begins.

Those are both great ways to stay connected to family and find some time for yourself.  Setting priorities and carving out “me time” only takes small changes to make you feel more centered and help your day go better.

Karen has many hobbies; she takes breaks over the course of most days playing Scrabble with several on-line friends.  Since she loves to travel, she says, “I always like having the next trip on the calendar – whether a weekend respite or a long trip.  It helps me focus on work.”

Taking little breaks every day to relax your mind can actually help you be more alert and focused at work.  Having long-term plans gives us something to look forward to and helps us focus on business deadlines.

AMY is a committed walker; she says, “I must get outside for part of every day, walking at lunch or taking power walks at the end of the day.” She also schedules leaving work a little early every Thursday to drive carpool and spend time with two vivacious boys.

It’s no secret that exercise is good for physical and mental health.  A brisk walk can refresh your brain and your attitude.  Having weekly commitments that require us to leave work early can help us work harder that day in order to leave on time.

With three young children Lisa is very skilled at managing schedules and priorities.  Since she enjoys being outdoors and her new puppy needs walks outside, she says, “I’m happy to be the dog walker.”  One activity she really enjoys is taking photos.  She says, “I can escape into the pictures even while spending time with my family.”  She and her husband have a summer goal of joining a canoe team for a triathlon.

Combining a personal hobby with spending time with one’s family is a great way to balance time demands.  Having a goal of accomplishing a new challenge together can keep you focused on training towards your goal.

You may know people who have a life-changing experience and suddenly re-evaluate how they want to prioritize their time.  Dave Sanderson, a software sales manager for Oracle, was a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549 which crash-landed into the Hudson River in 2009.  Having survived, he comments:  “The crash changed my perspective.  I started scheduling around my family instead of my job.”

You may know people who receive a devastating medical diagnosis that changes everything.  Karen’s best friend, Jill Rose, chef and restaurant owner, was diagnosed last year at age fifty with metastatic breast cancer.  She says, “For the first time I feel as though I have the opportunity to embrace life and accept that I am in control. My energy has shifted to allow me to gain fulfillment from things outside of work rather than using work to mask unfulfilled desires.”

Is it possible to bring more balance into your daily routine before the stresses of work take a serious toll on your health and relationships?  Work/Life balance is rarely ever 50/50 – it’s one of those things that shifts constantly.  There is no single model that’s right for everyone, and no single approach is right for anyone for their whole life.  But one thing seems true for all times:  Even if you feel like you don’t have much control over the hours you have to work, you can ask yourself:  In what other ways am I bringing greater enjoyment and balance into my life?

To read more about Work/Life balance and tips on finding balance for yourself: 

WORK LIFE BALANCE TIPS http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/work-life-balance-tips

FROM MICROSOFT http://www.microsoft.com/business/en-us/resources/management/leadership-training/need-work-life-balance-7-tips.aspx?fbid=gcjkSYLxvm1 

MAYO CLINIC – TIPS TO RECLAIM CONTROL http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/work-life-balance/art-20048134

37 TIPS FOR A BETTER WORK LIFE BALANCE https://www.themuse.com/advice/37-tips-for-a-better-worklife-balance


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