Today’s post is by Jamie Crosbie, CEO and founder of ProActivate. Jamie is a certified peak performance mindset trainer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214/720-9922 to learn more about how her training can help your sales team reach peak performance levels.
Dawn was exhausted. As a pediatric nurse – and mother of two – she found herself burning the proverbial candle at both ends...and the middle. One morning, she almost fell asleep driving to work, narrowly missing a tree on a slippery road. That’s when she knew she had to change.
After talking to her husband, Dawn started her own medical writing company and never looked back. Now she works from home, loves what she does, and she enjoys the down-time with her family – time she never had before.
Her advice? Go big AND go home by finding a balance between work and the rest of your life.
Finding Your Sweet Spot
Many people climb into their cars every day to commute to a job they hate, just so they can afford a beautiful home they never actually enjoy because they are so busy paying for it. While a balanced life might seem difficult to manage, it is not impossible. It does, however, mean making life choices that fit your needs and goals.
For some, that may mean being able to take weekends off and play a round of golf. For others, it may mean – as it did for Dawn – a complete change of pace, which included starting her own company. Although the answer of what to choose may vary, health and success experts have defined some tips that may help you find your ideal life-work balance.
Unplug Yourself on a Regular Basis
From social media to mobile apps, many people find themselves connected to a digital tether of continual productivity and accessibility. A recent Harvard study showed that a whopping 94 percent of working professionals reported working at least 50 hours per week, while half said they worked more than 65 hours each week. From endless phone notifications to text messages, time with family and friends is often undercut by staying on the career drip-line of constant updates.
Set up Healthy Limits
One of the best ways to handle this is to set up clear boundaries, carving out time that is separate and unmarred by work stressors. If you need to turn off your phone to watch your kid’s softball game, do it. The time you spend with loved ones is never wasted. “I just wish I had worked more, read more reports, and answered all my emails instead of making pancakes with my children,” said no one ever, on their deathbed. Life is meant to be lived. Not endured.
Being Present Is a Gift to Yourself
Loretta LaRoche, an internationally recognized expert on stress and life-work balance, likes to say that “Life is not a stress rehearsal!” She encourages people to fully participate in life by stepping out of their mental stress constructs and being fully present instead. She also teaches people to release the expectation of perfection in all circumstances. The truth is that most things are neither good nor bad: they just simply are. It is our inner interpretation of a given circumstance that determines how we feel about it. While you do not always have the power to choose every situation, you can choose your response – and, therefore, how you feel about it.
Bottom line: You are in charge of your life, your time, and your happiness. Take your power back by being present, changing things up if need be, and charting your own course to a more balanced life. For more tips on developing and maintaining a peak performance mindset, please subscribe to my blog.