Is this you or can you relate to the following scenario? “You rise early in the morning, no later than 6:00 am, drink 2-3 cups of coffee before you start your day, work hard all day including skipping lunch, maybe tell yourself you are going to spend time with family and will arrive home at a reasonable hour; however, you end up working later or taking work home with you and sometimes working into the wee hours.” This becoming more and more common as people struggle to find a healthy balance in their lives. Often time greater pressures are on women, who work full-time building a career or business, still expected to cook, clean and somehow cater to her family’s needs. In the mix, you lose sight of taking care of yourself. Let me assure you, there is a better way and there are people who have achieved optimum balance in their daily lives.
Let me share a story with you… Let’s take John and Jennifer who have been married for 15 years with two kids. Jennifer started her own business six years ago (a technology business). This family takes annual vacations. At least six weeks off for fun every year. John and Jennifer had parents with strong values that influenced their habits growing up. An important value they learned was “If you are going to a job, do it to the best of your ability.” Another strong value learned was saving and investing. By the time they were married, they both had a savings plan in place and they were able to maximize their join savings plan. At work, Jennifer has a first-class executive assistant who allows her to focus on what she does best. She does not get caught up in unnecessary paperwork and rises early to kick-off her day. She rarely arrives home later than 6 pm. At the beginning of the year Jennifer and John sit down and plan their personal and family goals. This includes scheduling time for vacation and mini-breaks. Twice a year Jennifer enjoys a long weekend away with her Mastermind Group to enjoy skiing.
Here is the million dollar question, “Do you enjoy a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, doing work that you love, and that gives you an excellent financial return and allows you to have significant time off to pursue your other interest? The answer is either “Yes” or “No.”
If your answer is “No”, let me introduce you to B-ALERT. If you check the dictionary for the work alert it reads “At the ready, mindful, using intelligence, on guard, conscious, and prepared.” Being at the ready every day and using intelligence will keep you mindful of your priorities and your state of balance. When you are truly alert you are more conscious of what is going on. Now what is the opposite of alert? Mindless, unprepared, unconscious off-guard and stupid! If you had a choice, which side of the scale would you like to sit on?
People that incorporate B-ALERT for creating optimum work-life balance use these daily practices.
B-Blueprint – This is your strategic plan for the day. You can set your priorities, appointments and projects. Review the night before or early morning.
A-Action – Concentrate on the most important activities that will move you towards accomplishing your sixty-day goals.
L-Learning – Expand your knowledge through reading, CDs, DVDs, video, mentors, courses.
E-Exercise – Re-energize for thirty minutes.
R-Relaxation – Eliminate daily stress. Nap, meditate, listen to music, family time.
T-Think – Take time to reflect on the day. Review goals, visualize, develop new ideas and use a journal.
Track your progress every week. Set up your own simple recording chart. At the end of each day take a moment to record your progress.