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  • The 6 Components of Work-Life Balance

    Jeff Davidson, The 6 Components of Work-Life Balance

     

    1) Self-management
    Sufficiently managing yourself can be challenging, particularly in getting proper sleep, exercise and nutrition. Self-management is recognition that effectively using the spaces in our lives is vital, and that available resources, time and life are finite. It means becoming captains of our own ships. No one is coming to steer for you.
    2) Time management
    Effective time management involves making optimal use of your day and the supporting resources that can be summoned. You keep pace when your resources match your challenges. Time management is enhanced by setting appropriate goals and discerning what is both important and urgent, versus important or urgent. It means knowing what you do best and when, and assembling the appropriate tools to accomplish specific tasks.
    3) Stress management
    By nature, societies tend to become more complex over time. In the face of increasing complexity, stress is inevitable. More people, distractions and noise require each of us to become adept at maintaining tranquility and working ourselves out of pressure-filled situations. Most forms of multitasking ultimately increase our stress. Focusing on one thing at a time should be your goal.
    4) Managing change
    In our fast-paced world, change is the only constant. Continually adopting new methods and re-adapting others is vital to a successful career and happy home life. Effective change management involves making periodic and concerted efforts to ensure that the volume and rate of change at work and at home does not overwhelm or defeat you.
    5) Managing technology
    Make sure that technology serves you, rather than abuses you. Technology has always been with us, since the first walking stick, flint, spear and wheel. The rate of change is accelerating, brought on by vendors seeking expanding market share. Often there is no choice but to keep up with the technological Joneses, but you must rule technology, not vice versa.
    6) Managing leisure time
    This is the most overlooked element of the work-life balance. Rest and relaxation are important and shouldn’t be short-changed. Time off is a vital component of the human experience. Curiously, too much of the same leisure activity, however enjoyable, can lead to monotony. Thus, effective leisure management requires varying your activities.

    Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert," and thought leader on work-life balance issues. He’s written 65 mainstream books, is an authority on time management and is a professional speaker, having made more than 800 presentations to such clients as American Law Institute, the IRS, Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Novo Nordisk, American Express, Lufthansa, Swissotel, Experient, Re/Max, USAA and the World Bank. He is the author of "Breathing Space," and "Simpler Living."
    Jeff's books, the “60-Second Organizer," "60-Second Self-Starter" and "60-Second Innovator," are popular in China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Poland, Spain, France and Brazil. Jeff is often quoted in The Washington Post, L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, USA Today, Businessweek and Forbes Travel. Cited as a "consummate speaker," Jeff believes career professionals today are responsible for achieving their own sense of work-life balance, and supports them at www.BreathingSpace.com.

     

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