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Work-life balance means productivity. Here's why.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Find it hard to put down your smartphone, constantly on your laptop or checking for new email? Consider this - A healthy work-life balance can actually make you and your team more productive in business.

Cisco recently did a study to find that increasing their work-life balance features for employees earned them an extra $277 million this last year.

Here are five ways you can get a handle on your personal work-life balance:

1. Plan, plan and plan again.
A) The first plan is monthly. Near the end of every month, list three personal and three professional goals you want to accomplish for the next month.
B) The second plan is weekly. Take 10 minutes on the weekend to plan your next week's meetings, appointments, family commitments, etc. (and don't forget to PLAN in some family and recreation time).
C) The last plan is daily. Spend 20 minutes at the end of the day listing your personal and professional goals for the next day. Planning will keep you focus upon your priorities.

2. Don't skip lunch. Take a 30 min. break in the middle of your day to spin down and get ready to finish the day strong. Skipping lunch or working through it will zap energy from you.

3. Delegate! You don't have to do it all. In fact, the people you work with may enjoy some extra work and responsibility. Show me a manager that has poor work-life balance and I will show you a support staff that is bored and underworked.

4. Share your schedule with those important to you and ask them for help to keep you on track.

5. Make living a complete life your goal. A life that is without balance is a life on the edge of failure. You are not the kind of person who likes to fail or you would not be out of balance in the first place. You just need to put balance on your "to-do" list.

"Spend more time with people over seventy and under seven". - John Maxwell

Enjoy the Holidays!
Fritz Black
Cowboy Leaders

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