Lifestyle Strategies: Moving from Work-Life Balance to Work-Life Blend – Part 2

Pt2In part 1, of Lifestyle Strategies: Moving from Work-Life Balance to Work-Life Blend, I focused on how to:

1. Plan ahead and always communicate
2. Own your day
3. Get organized
4. Learn to say no

In this post I want to focus on:

1. Drop activities that sap your time or energy: Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value. Take stock of activities that don’t enhance your career, business or life and minimize the time you spend on them.
Think about it, you may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit the time you spend on the Internet, social media sites, making personal calls, or checking your bank balance.

We often get sucked into these habits that are making us much less efficient without realizing it

2. Rethink your errands: Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands.

For example, could you order your groceries online and have them delivered? Hire some to mow your lawn? Have your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at your home or office? Order your stamps online so you don’t have to go to the post office and stand in that never-ending line.

Even if you’re on a tight budget, you may discover that the time you’ll save will make it worth it. You can consider trading services with friends – offer to do tasks that you enjoy or that you were planning to do anyway. [Continue reading…]

Lifestyle Strategies: Moving from Work-Life Balance to Work-Life Blend – Part 1

Pt1Many career professionals and business owners are working harder than ever – because technology is now enabling them to work around the clock.

In the past, we were all striving to have work-life balance.  We believed in the concept of splitting our time and energy between work and the other important aspects of our lives (family, friends, community participation, spirituality, personal growth, self care, other personal activities, etc.).

In today’s world, the reality for most of us is that our professional and business lives bleed into our personal lives. The boundaries are not as pronounced these days.  In fact, we check our emails in the evenings and weekends. We delay or miss family events because we can’t leave the office, and when we do, we take our communications devices with us so that we can stay connected to work or business.

Striving for the traditional concept of work-life balance (work is completely outside and separate from the rest of our life) is a losing proposition these days.

Why not strive for a work-life blend by accepting that we’re always connected to our career or business via technology and the way we work now has changed from the way we worked yesterday.

Here’s how to achieve work-life blend:

1. Plan ahead and always communicate: Create a schedule that incorporates both your work and non-work related activities. This could include date nights with your significant other or spouse, activities with your kids, friends, family members or simply time for you to relax, pursue a hobby or just some ‘me time’.

If you don’t make the time for family, friends and ‘me time’ then these commitments will tend to fall by the wayside. Tell your family, friends and colleagues about your schedule – there will be some changes from time to time, but let them know how important it is for you to keep your professional commitment as well as your personal commitments. [Continue reading…]

Lifestyle Strategies: Are You Happy? – Part 2

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Most likely as you begin to answer the hard question in part 1 of Lifestyle Strategies: Are You Happy, you will see a common thread. You’ll find that you have one common denominator among most of your answers and it continues to overlap and makes its way back to affecting you in one way or […]

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Lifestyle Strategies: Are You Happy?– Part 1

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I have discovered that most people want health, success and happiness.  However, most people seem to be lacking at least one of these desires. So in this post, I want to talk about happiness.  Happiness isn’t as easily obtainable as one might think; it’s actually quite the opposite.  The road to happiness is full of […]

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