In both the office and the home, you’re going to find times when the noise is so irritatingly loud that you won’t be able to hear yourself even think. This is just about the worst situation you can be in. So, do as the pros do and call yourself a little audible. If you’re willing and able to, pack up the laptop or tablet and relocate to a more peaceful location- it makes all the difference. If you’re not blessed with that sort of mobility, invest in a nice pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Whether you tune in to white noise, Whitesnake, or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a little bit of sound will drown the distractions out quite nicely. Watch your productivity blossom.
DON’T BE A HERO
You might be thinking “I can do it all- there’s a way to balance everything without missing a beat anywhere.” You’d be wrong. It might feel like we can manage things for a bit, but sooner or later, something has to give. The point is, even Superman had the Justice League to step in and give him a hand. You have your coworkers, family and friends there cover your back. When you need help with things, ASK THEM! You’ll find that if love is in their heart (or, the boss is in the loop), others will step in and give you a hand with tasks when need be. That way, the job is wrapped up in a timely fashion and we can move on to things we really want to make time for. Which brings us to our next conclusion…
TAKE A BREAK
I feel like I’ve been picking a little bit on workaholics- maybe that’s true. There are actually people in the world who LOVE to work. And that’s cool. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that pushing yourself too hard for too long can have adverse effects on both your physical and psychological health. Not to mention the rule of diminishing returns- eventually, your efforts won’t be worth your payout. When that happens, it’s time to take a break. Maybe 15 minutes. Maybe a day off. And best of all, for a vacation getaway. Leave the phone, iPad, and laptops powered off and spend some quality time with those you love- even if it’s just YOU. If all goes well, you’ll return to your job you love oh-so-much rested, refreshed and reinvigorated to bring your work game to the next level.
OR… JUST LISTEN TO THE PROS
The good news is, we aren’t the world’s first leading authority of work/life balance. But luckily for us, there are hundreds of books, blogs, and motivational speakers that can further help you realize and achieve your goals of balancing it all. Authors like Stephen Covey, David Allen, Seth Godin and Laura Vanderkam all have terrific books covering this very subject matter. Buying a $15 book seems like a small investment for something that can have huge dividends in your life. Have very little time to read? Most of these are available on Audiobook for the commute to and from work!