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Not Enough Time? Choose Your Battles.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

America – The land of the voluntarily overworked, the home of the stressed out. We binge extreme work habits, only to then overindulge in relaxation routines. We don’t drink a glass of wine, we need the whole bottle. We don’t watch one episode on Friday night, we watch the whole season.

So, why do we go to such lengths to perform at extremely high levels when at times they lead us to a lifestyle that compromises our health and sanity? The answer is simple, competition.

If you’re not willing to work harder, there’s someone else who will. Whether there’s someone more committed to fill your role, an improved product to fill your target consumer’s need or another service provider willing to be more attentive to your client’s requests, competition is at the root of our extreme work practices.

As a driving factor for progress and innovation, competition is highly invaluable, but how can we use it to reinforce healthy work habits and stop worshipping the 4 cups of coffee and 4 hours of sleep lifestyle?

By choosing our battles. By being intentional about the time we set aside for rest and relaxation, so that the time we spend working is laser-focused and efficient. We can win the important competitions by working efficiently, verses working senseless hours just to check off a box. Of course, there will be weeks when working long hours is a must, but there will be other weeks when taking time off to recharge is equally important. And to succeed in both your work and personal life you can’t have one without the other.

Using Strategy to Prioritize Goals

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

With the summer ending and fall nearing, it’s a logical time to evaluate priorities and determine how time can be spent and what can still be accomplished in 2018. There are endless things to do –– time with friends and family, work and professional growth, giving or volunteering time, hobbies… But how do we determine priorities and how our time should be spent?

In a recent book, The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate, author Fran Hauser discusses the value in sitting down and analyzing the way you spend your time and determining if your choices are bringing you closer to your goals.

Hauser described a system she uses to prioritize her goals. She draws four squares on a piece of paper and in each square, she writes an important area of her life such as: Me, Friends & Family, Career, and the World. Then in each square she lists her top priorities related to each section, only allowing herself to write a maximum of three priorities per square, to prevent herself from overextension.

Participating in that exercise led her to an interesting realization. She wrote, “When I took a step back and looked at my squares, it was clear to me right away that my calendar and to-do list were not aligned with the priorities I had identified. I began shifting my schedule and commitments by saying no to and delegating some of the requests that were not aligned.”

This lesson is something that we can all take to heart –– are the things that we’re doing on a regular basis intentionally working toward our goals? Have we even identified our goals in each category? Understanding what the major goals in our lives are is a key component to deciding how to spend the time we have. The sooner goals are apparent, the faster we’re able to use our time in the most effective and efficient ways. How are you spending your time ?