Work life balance in the new year
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Everyone approaches a new year in their own way, but I think it’s safe to say that we all hope it will be better than the one before.
For many of us, getting more enjoyment out of life means spending more time playing and less time working.
Last month, I was one of nine experts quoted in Linda Samuel’s blog post, 9 Guaranteed Solutions for Restoring Your Life Balance, and I couldn’t help but notice that all of us talked about being out of balance when work takes over, rather than personal issues or activities.
While pondering this, the following tweet caught my eye:
— Lisa Tonjes Moritz (@HOPEorganizing) December 23, 2015
I’ve heard great things about Marie Forleo from a few different people, so I decided to read her post and watch her video, and I was not disappointed. Even though video isn’t my preferred method of consuming information, I was so impressed that I wanted to share it with you here:
If you don’t have 10 minutes to watch it, the key points are as follows:
- Daily meditation
- Rocks first, sand last
- Make time off predictable and required
- Change your choices
In 2014, I adopted MAXIMIZE as my one-word vision for the year. My word for 2015 was FOCUS. In both cases, my intention has been to make the most of my time by focusing on one thing at a time, with the ultimate goal of achieving better work life balance. With that in mind, my “one word” for 2016 is BALANCE, and I’ve saved the above collage to my desktop as a daily reminder of Marie Forleo’s wise words.
Current activities in my personal life should help me to “make time off predictable and required.” (You can read about them on my personal blog, Away from my desk, if you’re interested.)
I’ve got some exciting stuff up my sleeve for you too, and I look forward to sharing it with you soon.
What are you doing to achieve better work life balance?
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A former professional organizer, I now eliminate stress for my clients by hosting, monitoring, and maintaining their WordPress sites so they don’t have to worry about security, downtime or performance issues. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.