Maintaining work/life balance is the hardest thing to accomplish in adulthood. Many people today are too busy making a living that they don’t have time to make a life. Don’t expect to continue down the same path and get any significant changes in your life. Where you go with your work/life balance should be by choice not chance. Don’t focus on what you can’t do; focus on what you can do!
1. Ask Questions and Reprioritize • What are the things that cause me the most stress? • What memories am I creating? What memories do I want to create in the future? • What really are my top ten priorities for this year? • What non-priorities will I say “NO!” to this year? • What centers me? • Pursue your passion persistently!!!
2. Manage Time • Compass & Clock – they point you in the right direction and tell you how much time you have left. • Am I spending time doing the things most important to me? • When am I the most focused or productive? • How much of my day is reactive? • When does the office close? • Stay in a morning and bedtime routine. • Schedule “Unscheduled Time” - make an appointment for alone time to reflect, (i.e., “No commitments Saturday from 1-5pm.”). • Set a pace that works for you.
3. Organize • What am I really accomplishing? • What tasks in my life could I eliminate? • What tasks could be performed less frequently? • What tasks could I afford to pay others to perform? • What specific investments will I make in my core priorities this year?
4. Make Decisions • What 3 things do I need closure on? • What 3 things will be new initiatives for me? • What’s the cost of this choice I need to make? • Will this decision add value to my life or create more stress? • What sacrifices will I make to achieve my work/life goals? • Is what I’m doing today, worth talking about tomorrow? • When someone makes a request, don’t make an impulsive decision, instead stall: “Let me think about it and get back to you.”
5. Let Go • Let go of any toxic relationships or situations that drains your energy or exhausts you. • Consult with a therapist to work through any personal issues. • People are like elevators: Is this person going to bring me to the next level or are they bringing me down? • Let go of things holding you back (i.e., clutter, paper, negativity, clothing, luxury items, toys, etc.). • Prune any activities that are not productive: “What can I let go of this year?
6. Implement Action Items • Control the impulse to act immediately. Reflect first, and then act. • Identify and eliminate 3 things holding you back. • Implement one micro-goal each day.
7. Possess a Positive Attitude • Erase the tape of any negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. • Visualize how TODAY will be a “Totally Awesome Day” • Move from a “Scarcity Mentality” to an “Abundance Mentality.” • Live simply, expect less and give more.
Tom’s Tip:v “The quality of your life is proportional to the quality of the questions you ask and answer.” – Tony Robbins