Around the office or within what you have read, there are signs and comments on “Find Your Work Life Balance”. Companies want to ensure their employees have work life balance, yet many feel at that is just a myth and find themselves working longer hours for the company and there isn’t any balance because the job must get done.
Balance means in equal portion, but is there equal portion of this thing called work life balance?
Well, before we begin to attempt to answer that question, there must be personal inventory taken of yourself, so you can better understand the answer to that question.
When you look at your life right now, what are your core values? It can be family, Job/Career, Faith, Serving/Volunteering, Health and many other things. First you need to identify what those are for you.
Ok, have your identified your core values of yourself? Now, take those core values and put a percentage of time you are allocating to those values. The total time must equal 100%.
Several years ago, I believed that successful people, or who I deemed successful worked all the time and to me, working all the time meant success. Wow, I couldn’t have been so wrong.
After reading books, listening to whom I felt was successful, every one of them talked about focus, prioritization and ensuring there is time for personal self-management. This could be spending time with friends, vacation and more. What I found out, is the successful individuals whom I looked at, were not working all the time.
Have you allocated the percentage of time to each of your core values?
That is your current set of allocation time today. Do you see the amount of time, you’d like to increase or decrease?
Now write down the percentage of time you’d like to move towards regarding your core values.
It may look something like this:
Core Values Current time % Desired allocation time %
You have now identified the space between how you are currently allocating your time to your desired allocation time of your core values.
When I began writing the manuscript to Tide Turners which released in January 2017, I had to shift my allocation of time among my core values. Did I have to make sacrifices? Yes, I did.
One of the things I had to adjust for a period, was meeting friends for lunch or coffee to just “hang out”. I recall someone asking me to join them for lunch and I had to politely decline and I let the know I utilized that time to work on my manuscript.
During seasons of life, you will have to sacrifice for that season of time and be willing to shift the allocation time. Know that you are the individual who must decide that shift of time and if it does impact others, ensure you make them aware and why.
Hopefully you have identified your desired allocation time and now it’s time to develop a plan to shift towards that desired time.
Here are questions to ask yourself: What do I feel is impeding me from achieving this desired time? Who do I need to help me move towards this gap? What is possible for myself and others when I shift to my desire time? How will my life change or be different when I achieve this desired time? What steps do I need to implement so I can feel this way?
Ok. I know a lot of questions to ask yourself. I heard Darren Hardy mentioned, “We all need to personally interview ourselves. It is when we interview ourselves, do we understand who we truly are.”
The question remains, if you haven’t taken the time to interview yourself and understand how you can shift your work/life balance, you remain one of the individuals who likes to complain, yet doesn’t do anything about it. I know that isn’t you!
Once you have identified your core values, taken personal inventory of your time allocation and conducted your personal interview, you have officially defined what work/life balance means to you.
Is there work life balance? It is what you define it, not your employer, your boss or manager, your family or anyone else, it’s how you define it. Am I saying you need to avoid not doing your job and skip out on what has been asked of you? No, I am not.
The wonderful beauty is the one thing, you have are choices. You need to make a choice on what is truly important to you. Remember there will be seasons of unbalanced time given the journey you are moving towards.
Be willing to have those conversations with people who can help you. Be willing to share how you truly feel with your boss or manager, if work is impeding your core values allocation of time.
If you have a work allocation of time issue, ensure you have possible suggestions and recommendations when having those conversations.
Work life balance starts with you. Ensure you are working on what is important to you the most.
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”- Stephen R Covey
Is work life balance a myth? If you’ve done the above, the answer is no. It can be done and know there will be seasons you will go through.
In the Tide Turners Guidebook, I provide an opportunity to have that self-interview which will allow you to gain control in life and increase your joy. To obtain your copy of the guidebook, visit http://eepurl.com/cxP-NP.
Here is to you designing your work life balance!