I have a confession to make – I’m terrible at work-life balance.
I’ve actually never been very good at that balance and work very hard to manage the demands of having a family, work, and SchneiderB. Over the years I’ve concluded there are three things that have helped me keep some semblance of balance:
1. My Wife
My wife is a saint (and I’m not just saying that because I think she will read this – because she most definitely will not.) While she isn’t averse to technology, she loves her iPhone 6+, she really only thinks of technology as a means to an end. As a result, she is my technology conscience reminding me to keep my technology use at an appropriate level.
2. I Enjoy All Three
The reason that I have a difficult time balancing work and life is that I enjoy the “Big Three” – family, work, and SchneiderB. I wish I had more time to spend with family, more time at work, and more time for my hobby, SchneiderB. I really do enjoy all of them and because of that I try not to let one get skewed way out of whack.
3. GTD, Prioritizing, and Saying No
One of the ways that I’ve been able to manage my time for all three activities is by implementing the Getting Things Done (GTD) system from David Allen.
In addition to the GTD system I’ve added two techniques which have helped me be more productive. The first technique is that each day I decide which item on my to-do list is the most important thing I need to get done that day and then begin work on it first thing in the morning. The second technique I’ve implemented is saying “no” to things. Although I like to help as much as I can, in any way that I am able, saying “no” actually helps me be more productive and prioritize the things most important to me.
Work-life balance is something that I will always work at and I’m convinced I’ll never get it prefect but I do have fun trying to get there. In the end though, I guess anything important is worth working for.
Hope you have a great weekend!
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