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How Is Your Day Going So Far…and are you ready to bring it into balance?

How Is Your Day Going So Far…and are you ready to bring it into balance?

“I arise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
–E.B.White

How is your day going so far? Are you improving the world, or are you enjoying it? Perhaps you are able to juggle well and do both, and then again, perhaps not! We all know that life gets in the way, and we all know that we need balance. Whether you train, facilitate, emcee, keynote, coach, or entertain, we all need balance and we need it sooner rather than later. When you think about your busy day, is it physically challenging, like that of Dan Thurmon, or simply entertaining, like Karen Jacobsen’s recent appearance on the “Harry” show?

We all have a to-do list, but do we have a “must do” list? I advise concentrating on the “must do” list and recognizing that we must focus on balance and on what can be done. After all, each of us has the same number of hours in a day.

Know your Limitations
Are you an assertive type who finds it easy to say “no”? Or, are you a selfless type who takes on more than you can possibly handle? Negotiate for work/life balance by knowing yourself and your limitations and remember that “no” can be a complete sentence. This means that it’s perfectly acceptable to say “no” without any further explanation. As a matter of fact, “no” can be the best time management tool that you have!

How to Seek Help
Successful, balanced professional speakers are not afraid to ask for help. Everyone needs help from time to time and reaching out is an admirable skill. Be acutely aware of the stressors in your schedule and in your life. Know thyself first! Manage yourself and take advantage of counseling, coaches, professional peers, mentors and more.

Have the Right People in the Right Seats on the Bus
Having a lot of help is not enough if it isn’t the right help for the right job. Make a concerted effort to surround yourself with good people and give them the latitude they need to do a good job.

The Team
A speaker or bureau team can achieve far more than the sum of the individual skills alone. How and why?

  • They can generate a wider range of ideas
  • They can brainstorm
  • They have a range of personalities and styles
  • They support each other

Think about the high performing teams to whom you have presented and identify the aspects of teamwork that is, or was, most beneficial.

Finding Focus
For one day, notice how often you are not focusing on the task at hand. For example, during a phone call, are you thinking of what you have to do after you are done with the call? Are you straightening the clutter on your desk as you listen to a coworker? Before you make a call or keep an appointment, take a moment beforehand to say to yourself, “I will give this my full attention.” Then do it.

Track Your Time
Do you often find yourself at the end of the day wondering where the time went? Consider tracking how long it takes you to do routine tasks so that you can better plan your time.
So, how is your day going so far? Are you ready for balance? Reflect on these thoughts and experience balance firsthand!

    • No one knows you better than you; work that to your advantage
    • Become a master of efficiency
    • Identify those areas of life most important for your well-being
    • Know your limits and empower yourself to balance

 

Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, CSP

Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, CSP

Sharon is the author of B is for Balance, 12 steps to creating balance at home and at work, 1st place winner in Consumer Health for 2015. Life Balance is what she does and who she is!
Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, CSP
Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, CSP
Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, CSP
Sharon M. Weinstein, MS, CSP

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