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16 Work Life Balance Tips That Don’t Work – – – And 3 That Do!

16 Work Life Balance Tips That Don't Work - - - And 3 That Do!

Work Life BalanceWork life balance is a big topic of conversation these days.  Everyone is looking for it, but very few are finding it.  Admittedly, there’s no shortage of advice out there.  Here are 16 tips from some reputable publications.  In my humble opinion, they’re pretty wacky!

From Time Magazine:

  1. Everything is not equally important. Do fewer things and do them well.
  2. Decide what your values are — and which ones take precedence.
  3. Do the things that get disproportionate results.
  4. Focus on the things only you can do.
  5. Do the important things which must be done now.

 

From Entrepreneur:

  1. Find the fun.
  2. Compartmentalize.
  3. Make lists.
  4. Be smart with your smartphone.
  5. Learn to delegate.
  6. Root out procrastination.
  7. Understand your creative cycles.
  8. Start your day before the sun rises.
  9. Schedule down time.
  10. Don’t forget your health.

 

Harvard Business Review has an esoteric idea about using the psychology of interval training to achieve your balance.

Is Work Life Balance Dead?

The real discussion about work life balance these days is that it’s dying, dead or irretrievably transformed.  I think it has.

The Huffington Post  just claimed today that:

Work Life Balance is dying as a concept, In the ninja world of corporate you make Work, Life & Family choices and the ratio in which you make the choices has its consequences. You or your family pays the price or enjoys the benefit.

The author, Jappreet Sethi, re-frames the discussion from work life balance to work life integration.  Fast Company also touted integration as the key – but with a technology flair.

Professionals in all industries are casting out the notions of work-life balance in order to build better work-life integration practices–where work and life are intertwined–by leveraging technology to make it happen.

3 Work-Life Integration Tips that Work

Use technology to your advantage.  Shut off your phone.  Put responses on auto-pilot where possible.  Work remotely.

Know what you need & want.  If your job demands 10 hours a day and you commute 2 hours each day, you’re not going to be able to go to the gym for an hour and still have time for that Little League game, dinner with your family and watching Jon Stewart.

Plan for your work and your life.  Think about where you want to be 5 or 10 years from now.  Now think about what you need to do to get there.  With that under your belt, you’ll be better equipped to prioritize … and integrate your life.

One Way Out

The Onion reports that one person did find that ever elusive balance.  He got fired.

Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance

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