One of my favorite leadership books is “From Values to Action” by Harry M. Kraemer Jr. In it, he drives the point home about how we have 168 hours each week and the power to decide how these hours are spent. Because of this, I do not believe in the notion of “work-life balance,” instead, I believe in life balance.
As a husband, father of three young children and CEO of a fast-growing company, finding and maintaining life balance is no easy feat, but I know I am not alone! Many professionals find striking that balance difficult enough during “normal” times, but during the holiday season when family get-togethers, work parties, philanthropic events and other activities are abundant, finding the balance becomes harder than usual. Follow these tips to help you find your life balance this holiday season:
Know yourself and what makes you happy personally and professionally. Is it coaching your kid’s sports team? As a leader, do you enjoy getting to know and building trust among your employees? What about your family tradition during the holidays? Distinguish these things in your mind to help yourself make time for them.
It’s important to remember that you’re only one person who can only do so much. With that in mind, you’ve worked hard to build a team full of people you can trust, so why not tap into their strengths by asking them to help you out? Of course, you do not want to overwhelm your team with additional work, so you will want to make sure they have the bandwidth to assist you first.
Plan and Communicate
During holiday chaos, staying organized and communicating efficiently might feel impossible, but making an effort to do so can help you out a ton. Keep everyone at work and at home on the same page about how your spending your time, because you don’t want to accidentally double schedule yourself the evening you’re spending with grandma!
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should keep a healthy diet, add physical activity in your routine and get enough sleep to help find your life balance. The holiday season may be making you feel stretched in many different directions, but taking care of yourself will help prevent stress.
Life balance is tough to find, especially this time of the year, but remember that you can choose how you spend your 168 hours and follow these tips to help you do so.
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