Last week we talked about managing the most valuable resources in your life—your time, your money, and your energy. Today, we want to add the final piece to your balanced life puzzle. In this last post of our Creating Balance series, we’re talking about your work!
Whether you work for a big corporation or run your own shop, work part-time or seemingly around-the-clock, your job undoubtedly plays an important role in your life. Though hopefully, it isn’t the most important! Too often the world equates success with your career and your financial status. The result is that we let business come first, hoping the rest will fall into place in our spare time. This order of priorities (or lack thereof!) is likely to leave you feeling frustrated, unfulfilled, and out of balance. It’s not that your work can’t be a priority, but it needs to come after you’ve taken care of yourself, your people, your personal growth, and the management of your resources.
You have to find the right balance for business in your life because it can easily start to overwhelm everything else. These are just a few of our favorite tips to help:
Identify Your Priorities
There will always be more work to do. We don’t say that to get you down, but to remind you that you only have so many hours in a day and—when it comes to work—they should be focused on your top priorities. Do you know what yours are?
You might trying planning your priorities out on a quarterly, monthly, weekly, and then daily basis. Check in with your priorities at the beginning of every week or every evening before you shut down for the day, and make a list of what you should work on first the next day. When you know what needs your focus most, you can more clearly identify what can wait—giving you more precious time to spend on the other areas that balance out your life.
Dedicate Your Time
Now that you know what your top priorities are, you need to actually dedicate time to each of them! Pull out your Day Designer and start with your top priorities—where can they fall in your day or week or month? How much time will you dedicate to each? Actually give them space on your calendar, so you know that time will be given to them—but no more time than is actually necessary!
Be Specific About What Needs to Get Done
It’s time to get even more specific! Sure, you know that you need to finish that presentation before Friday, but what are the exact steps that will get you there? You might need to start with some research, then build out a strategy, then start creating a Powerpoint document, and so on and so forth.
For every big priority in our lives, there are often many smaller tasks that make it up. It can be overwhelming to look at your calendar and see “Finish presentation!”, so be specific about what needs to get done and break those priorities down into manageable tasks. It’s these tasks—not the bigger priority projects—that should go on your daily to-do list. Set yourself up for success by being specific!
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We can help you balance work with the rest of your life by making a plan, setting goals, and tracking your progress. Day Designer is a simple and easy system created to help you find balance in support of your ultimate goal to live a well-designed life. View our latest edition here!
Today’s post was the last of our all-new blog series about Creating Balance in 5 Easy Steps. In case you missed our previous posts in the series, read here: