7 Secrets Of Achieving Work / Life Balance

One of the things I have noticed is that, despite all of the advances in technology and gadgets, achieving some reasonable work / life balance seems to be a bigger challenge than ever.

So what are the secrets of achieving work / life balance?

    Secret 1: Decide that it matters to you

  • It seems obvious but you need to decide that getting some sort of sensible balance matters to you.
  • Secret 2: Set boundaries

  • We all need money to live. At the same time, it is of little benefit if you are so burned out that you cannot enjoy the non-work time. Set boundaries on how much time you want to spend at work and stick to them.
  • Secret 3: Let others know your boundaries

  • If you are happy for people to contact you any time they like by ‘phone or on your Blackberry, that’s fine. On the other hand, if you are not, make it clear to others what is okay and what is not.
  • Secret 4: Turn off gadgets

  • If you are a doctor or on-call in your job, you need your ‘phone and email on. If not, you can probably turn off your gadgets.
  • Secret 5: Ask yourself what you would say on your death bed

  • I remember a fairly new trainee saying to me when I worked at one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms, Do you want to be lying on your death bed saying, ‘I wish I had spent more time at work’? Essentially, she was saying, Decide on your priorities.
  • Secret 6: Focus

  • It is not about working harder; it is about working smarter.
  • Secret 7: Track your time investment

  • Once you start tracking where you are investing your time, you start to get insights on where you need to change.

What other secrets would you add?

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to achieve success and realize their professional potential through being highly effective leaders and managers. For more information and to sign up for his free audio e-course click here

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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