6 Tips to Balance the Work-Life Seesaw

Managing these components is key.
November 27, 2014

It’s more difficult than ever to pull away from the office to put business in perspective and maximize the time spent with family and friends. And the world offers so many distractions that hamper productivity.

These are the work-life balance tips I’ve shared with Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Lockheed Martin and American Express.

1. Self

To start with, it’s crucial to take care of yourself. That means getting proper sleep, exercise and nutrition.

2. Time 

Create appropriate goals for the few hours you have to give, both personally and professionally, and discern what is most important and urgent.

3. Stress 

More people, more noise and more distractions require each of us to become more tranquil and comfortable working in pressure-filled situations. Multitasking increases stress, while focusing on one thing at a time helps decrease stress.

4. Change 

We’re constantly adopting new methods and adapting old methods. Effective change management involves offering periodic, concentrated effort so you’re not overwhelmed.

5. Technology 

Ensure that technology serves rather than abuses you. Don’t be a slave to your devices.

6. Leisure 

Time off is a vital component of the human experience. Curiously, too much of the same leisure activity, however enjoyable, can lead to monotony. Try new things with friends and family to get out of your comfort zone.

Are you overscheduled? Check out 7 ways to reclaim your day.

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