Written for TakeON! by Chris Baxendine of ON-Brand Partners
Learning priority-setting is useful for work, but is equally relevant outside business hours. What do you spend your time on – things that are important or those that are urgent? How much quality time are you spending on yourself, and on catch ups with loved ones? Perhaps you need to look at your work-life balance?
I came across this saying from Steven Covey: “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important”. This led me to think about what is important for me. I am an expert at focusing on what is urgent (especially with technology these days). But when it comes to the things that really matter like family, friends, relaxation, and going to the gym; these seem to be sacrificed for whatever’s on my to-do-list. Sound familiar?
The Business Review Weekly (BRW) article “The secret to good work/family balance: why quality beats quantity” describes a study of what people think ‘balance’ is about. The top two reasons are to be happy, and to have better relationships.
“It was about the behaviour not about the time,” the article claims. Finding balance comes down to the quality of time being spent and having rituals like Friday pizza and movie night.
When I don’t find ‘me-time’ in a day, it can lead to me feeling overwhelmed and that all I have is work. Conversely, when I focus on my health and wellbeing I am better able to deal with whatever life throws at me.
Do you feel more energised and inspired by having your life in balance? What regular events do you have in place that you keep sacrosanct?
READ the BRW article "The secret to good work/family balance: why quality beats quantity"