5 Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance

Let go of perfectionism – being an overachiever is a positive trait only when it is
centered around balance. Most Perfectionist usually begin at a young age, when life
demands are limited. But as you mature, responsibilities increase and Perfectionism
becomes out of reach. If that habit is left unchecked, it can become destructive, says
executive coach Marilyn Puder-York, PhD.
2. Unplug – Technology is a beautiful thing, however adds increased expectations of
constant accessibility resulting in a never ending work day. “There are times when you
should just shut your phone off and enjoy the moment,” says Robert Brooks, a professor
of psychology at Harvard Medical School and co-author of The Power of Resilience:
Achieving Balance, Confidence and Personal Strength in Your Life.
3. Exercise and Meditate – Exercise is awesome for a lot of things however its
effectiveness as a stress reducer is key to achieving a positive Work Life Balance.
Dedicating a few (3 – 4) chunks of time each week to self-care, whether it’s exercise,
yoga or meditation is recommended. If you’re really pressed for time, start small with
deep breathing exercises during your commute, a quick five minute meditation session
morning and night, or replacing drinking alcohol with a healthier form of stress
reduction.
4. Limit Time-Wasting Activities and People – Focus on the people and activities that
reward you the most. Think about what activities/hobbies/habits are that are your
“Time Snatchers?”
5. Change the structure of your life – Sometimes we fall into a rut and assume our habits
are set in stone. Not true! Take a birds-eye view of your life and ask yourself: What
changes could make life easier? Delegation: Instead of trying to do everything, focus on
what you specialize in, do well and value most.
Stewart Freidman, a management professor at the University of
Pennsylvania Wharton School and author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for
Integrating Work and Life. Freidman recommends talking to the “key
stakeholders” in different areas of your life, which could include employees or
colleagues at work, a spouse or a partner in a community project. “Find out what
you can do to let go in ways that benefit other people by giving them
opportunities to grow,” he says. This will give them a chance to learn something
new and free you up so you may devote attention to your higher priorities.
opportunities to grow,” he says.

This will give them a chance to learn something new and free you up so you may devote
attention to your higher priorities.

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