In order for leaders to lead, they need to have a certain level of work-life balance. Without having a healthy balance, it can be a significant challenge to have the necessary vision to succeed and lead people. It is important to note that a healthy work-life balance is not a static state. The balance is a constant state of awareness in which you catch yourself slipping or leaning too far in one way or the other. The balancing act is challenging, and it always will be, this is a part of being human. So, what is a healthy work-life balance? We dive into this below.
Leverage Your Strengths
It’s important to leverage your strengths in the workplace, particularly when it comes to finding balance. Consider how easily specific tasks go for you in one hand versus tasks that drain you. The jobs that drain your energy are typically tasks that you are not points of strength or, at the very least, things that you simply do not enjoy doing. Consider delegating these things to others on the team if you are alone on the project that is sure to build in some of the upcoming ideas to rebalance.
Taking the necessary “downtime” to reflect on what matters most to you both personally and professionally is an excellent way to develop ideas and creativity. By allowing your body and mind to slow down, you will best ensure the ability to rejuvenate yourself and how you can best move forward in success.
Short & Long-Term Goals
Some days at work are not in balance. These stressors can be a reality in the workplace. That being said, when you become aware of these more challenging days, consider writing our short-term goals and long-term goals to get through your day. The short-term goals will help you navigate the day of tasks as well in the upcoming days while the long-term goals will help you see the forest for the trees. The list of goals, along with the timelines, is also an effective way of helping you time manage – yet another way to develop a healthy work-life balance.
We were all born to move. Our ancestors hunted, scavenged and farmed for much of the day to survive. Our brains and bodies were designed to heal and balance out through movement. Moving our bodies throughout the day will help move your energy and reignite you to tackle the next initiative. Consider getting up for a walk every 45 minutes. For those of you wanting more, consider some bodyweight movements. This effort can completely refresh the mind and body. Once again, perspective is gained.
Catch Your Thoughts
Catch your thoughts when they arise. Keep in mind that what you think is what you become. Some may think that this sounds a little woo-woo. Well, ask your self this: how did you achieve your goals to date? Did you focus on that achievement? The truth is you gave a lot of thought and focus on that idea and purpose, and then you took the necessary steps to reach it. In neurological terms, what fires together, wires together – your thinking forms your neuropathways, which then become “habits” and actions. The more self-aware you can become, the better your work-life balance will be.
Family & Friends
Be sure to book and protect time with friends and family. We are not robots; we need to love and the attention of others we care about. Sharing what matters to you and your friends and family is a beautiful way to rebalance. Taking this time to connect with others gives you a more accurate perspective when it comes to your personal and work life.
Build-in moments of restoration throughout your day. Restoration could be a mindful walk, mediation, yoga, nature walk, ten deep belly breaths, and even a shared conversation with someone who you care about. Find what best works for you, then book that time for yourself. The more you take this time to restore, the more focus and energy you will have for your work efforts.
Hire A Business Coach
Hire a business coach. I can tell you for years of experience before becoming an executive coach that it profoundly impacted my business and financial success. Understanding what friction points I was experiencing, how I was approaching the day, how I worked with others and what mattered most was profound. It’s also been profound for many clients, see my testimonials. Here is what executive coaches do. The most important thing is that a great executive coach will help you go where you want to go. A great coach should have one bias: your success.
Take That Holiday
Give yourself a holiday. If you have a family book a vacation with them. Just want to go solo or with friends? Book it. This is a great reset. Also, committing to the time off ensures that you plan ahead, so you get things done. It’s surprising how efficient you become leading up to your holiday!