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Work Life Balance

By - Last updated: Monday, April 18, 2011

For some reason, I found these to be incredibly difficult questions.  First,  I have to ask myself "What do people mean when they say Work/Life Balance"?    It seems to me, people mean different things.  Is WLB (as I'll call it) a sort of a stand in for feeling calm and not frazzled.  Sort of a Shangri-La where promotions roll in and kids are well adjusted and happy.  Can't you just hear the birds chirping and feel the sun lightly on your skin?  Or is WLB something you get when you are operating at peak efficiency, juggling and catching all the balls, time management systems operating at a steady hum.  Or is WLB related to your values and what's important to ...

Work Life Balance

By - Last updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What are your strategies for dealing with lack of time?   Organize, organize, organize your time and set deadlines. Even if some of the deadlines slip, set new ones. Make sure your deadlines are realistic otherwise you set yourself up for failure. Also, engage those around you in the discussion of what you are trying to achieve and make them a part of your plan. For example, if your deadline will impact your time with your partner/children/friends/peers ask for their buy-in so that they understand your unavailability and they can support you. On the other side of the coin, make sure there is special time scheduled for your loved ones. I used to work very long hours in the normal course and ridiculous ...

Work Life Balance

By - Last updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What are your strategies for dealing with lack of time?   I have an office set up at home and when I have even a few minutes I will get something on my list done. I keep a list and a diary system of outstanding personal and business items/issues so that nothing slips through the cracks...it may not get done on time but it doesn't get missed. I find staying organized this way helps me manage the shortage of time.   What doesn't work or is difficult for you to do?   I find tough discussions/performance reviews where criticism or disagreement is required difficult to do. I procrastinate. But I have found preparing in advance, almost scripting the conversation, helps me. There is nothing worse than ...

Work Life Balance

By - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What are your strategies for dealing with lack of time? My strategies are to prioritize, to be brutally honest about what must be done immediately and what can be put off until a less stressful time. I also think it is important to set a time allocation. For example, if you have seven hours at the office, allocate one hour to your top priority and then reassess whether to delegate more time to that initiative or move on to the next item on the list. A daily to-do list, re-prioritized each day, is key. I was never very good at delegating, but if at all possible, delegate!     What doesn't work or is difficult for you to do?   I am very bad at saying ...