Achieving the perfect work-life balance is something that many of us have tried to do throughout our lives, but still struggle with. Here’s a statistical comparison that will show you just how different the world today is than it was in the eighties, when achieving the perfect work-life balance was a much different struggle. “In the ten years from 1986 to 1996, work-life balance was mentioned in the media 32 times. In 2007 alone, it was mentioned 1674 times.” Quite the difference, right? Well, here are five steps you can take today to help you achieve the perfect work-life balance that has been elusive in the twentieth century.
1) “You Need To Draw A Line.”
When you are trying to balance everything in your life, you need to remember that you cannot do everything. If you try, you will likely fail. “You have to draw a line. You must decide what is important and what isn’t.” So the first step in finding a perfect work-life balance is to draw this line that will help you separate the trivial from the mandatory. Drawing that line happens, “By asking yourself one simple question a few times a day. “What’s the most important thing for you to do right now?”” Asking yourself this question will help you separate what you need to do from what is not necessary, and, therefore, help you take a step closer to your perfect work-life balance.
2) “Do fewer things.”
Remember that once you draw this line, you need to use it. Use this line to decide what is important and what is not important. “Everything is not equally important. Do fewer things and do them well.” When you allow yourself the permission to do fewer things, you will automatically be able to focus on them more. When you expend your energies in a focused manner, you are able to do the things you need to do well and do them the way you want to do them – rather than doing them halfway as good as you know you are able to.
3) “Decide what your values are – and which ones take precedence.”
When you are deciding what falls above the line of your control and what falls below it, you must also decide what is most important. Realize that you cannot accomplish everything you may want to accomplish, and prioritize the things you think are more important than others. That way, as you go through your list, you can make sure that you get the high priority activities and tasks accomplished and completed before anything else so that you do not later feel guilty about pushing them aside.
4) “Focus on the things only you can do.”
Micromanagement is the curse that will take your productivity from maximum levels and shove it into the ground, halting it completely. Take control of your life and plunge forward into your work day focused on the things that you can do – not on the things that everyone around you is doing. Rather than stressing about what your co-workers are doing, focus on the activities that only you can do and you will find yourself much less stressed and much more productive because your creative energies will not be distracted by situations you are not involved with.