Can 2015 mark the year we end our Sisyphean work-life balance pursuit? It seems that we’ve been looking for this magical firewall between work and life for most of my working career, and we can’t seem to find it.
So what’s up?
It’s a myth. During the halcyon days of the mid-80s, when work-life balance was first referenced, we didn’t have to contend with today’s ubiquitous connectivity. With the innovation of email, smart phones, and social media, the line between work and life is blurred at best. So let’s stop searching for the comprise of work life and personal life balance. Rather, let’s take action to maximize our fulfillment, happiness, and mindfulness in our one life.
Based on my experience as an executive, business leadership coach, and motivational speaker, the genesis of our work-life drama usually starts at work even as we carve out personal time for exercise, downtime, etc. As a result, if work is less than ideal, then it’s hard to live a full life. Here are 3 steps to gain more fulfillment at work.
Get clear on your values and take action that aligns with them. Determine what gets you jazzed and ensure that your daily choices align to your values.
What gives you that “I got this and here’s how” confidence? It’s your inner greatness. You know it. It’s led to your success. However, we also have moments when that inner critic steps in, plants doubt, and stirs up fear. An optimal life isn’t possible when we listen to that inner critic. It sucks the potential out of us. Learn how to lead with your inner greatness.
Own your time! Stop sacrificing your joy and success by settling for ineffective meetings. You get to choose how you meet and connect with your co-workers.
Here are some easy steps to get more out of your meetings:
- Start and end on time
- Shorten your meetings by at least 15 minutes. Get focused and use your extra time for planning, reflecting, or biology
- Stop multitasking
- Set up more “Walk and Talk” meetings
- Accept/send meeting requests with a set agenda and objectives
- Decline meetings without a clear purpose
- Increase the laughter factor
- Agree on clear action steps and ownership
Living these A, B, Cs can help you gain more happiness at work. Make 2015 the year you trade the compromise of balance for the greatness of optimal. To learn more contact me at Michael@pelotoncc.net.
In his coaching practice, Peloton Coaching & Consulting, Michael O'Brien partners with today's business leaders to help them move from functional performance to optimal performance. His aim is to change lives by enhancing leadership energy, engagement, and fulfillment, and demonstrating how these qualities can cascade throughout organizations. To Learn more about Michael and Peloton Coaching & Consulting, visit www.pelotoncc.net.