The Balancing Act
Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’

Thursday, January 30, 14

When there is a crisis on a plane, they a...
The Balancing Act
Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’

Thursday, January 30, 14

When there is a crisis on a plane, they a...
The Balancing Act
Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’

Thursday, January 30, 14

When there is a crisis on a plane, they a...
The Balancing Act
Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’

Thursday, January 30, 14

When there is a crisis on a plane, they a...
The Balancing Act
Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’

Thursday, January 30, 14

When there is a crisis on a plane, they a...
Fall Semester

Thursday, January 30, 14

Burnout is a real risk in second semester. See if you can see yourself in this RA...
Fall Semester

Thursday, January 30, 14

Burnout is a real risk in second semester. See if you can see yourself in this RA...
Winter Semester

Thursday, January 30, 14

Burnout is a real risk in second semester. See if you can see yourself in this ...
The Plan
Defining and testing for burnout
3 Life Balance exercises:
Identifying Burnout Pressure Points
Helicopter View
Ret...
What is Burnout?
Burnout is an extended period of time where someone
experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in thin...
Identifying burnout pressure
points
Part of the cause of burnout lies with your situation. The
other part comes from withi...
Identifying burnout pressure
points
Step 1: List the things that give real meaning to what
you do.
What attracted you to t...
Identifying burnout pressure
points
Step 2: Write down things that frustrate you most
about your work.
List the factors th...
A Helicopter View
Step 1: Brainstorm Life Areas
The roles you play in your
life
Areas of life that are
important to you
St...
A Helicopter View
Step 4: Join up the marks
Step 5: Think about your
ideal level - plot your ideal
scores
Step 6: Take Act...
Thursday, January 30, 14
Maximize your R.O.L.E.
Return On Life Energy
Set Priorities

Be Realistic

Learn to say no

Make a list of things that
dra...
Why are you here?

Thursday, January 30, 14

We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball...
Why are you here?

Thursday, January 30, 14

We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball...
Why are you here?

Thursday, January 30, 14

We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball...
Why are you here?

Thursday, January 30, 14

We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball...
Why are you here?

Thursday, January 30, 14

We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball...
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A Life-Work Balance Workshop designed for the UFV Resident Assistants' 2014 Winter Training. Includes two burnout activities and a life balance worksheet.

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Life-Work Balance Workshop: Residence Life Training

  1. 1. The Balancing Act Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’ Thursday, January 30, 14 When there is a crisis on a plane, they ask you to put your oxygen mask on first. Why? Because you can’t help anyone if you aren’t protecting yourself.
  2. 2. The Balancing Act Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’ Thursday, January 30, 14 When there is a crisis on a plane, they ask you to put your oxygen mask on first. Why? Because you can’t help anyone if you aren’t protecting yourself.
  3. 3. The Balancing Act Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’ Thursday, January 30, 14 When there is a crisis on a plane, they ask you to put your oxygen mask on first. Why? Because you can’t help anyone if you aren’t protecting yourself.
  4. 4. The Balancing Act Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’ Thursday, January 30, 14 When there is a crisis on a plane, they ask you to put your oxygen mask on first. Why? Because you can’t help anyone if you aren’t protecting yourself.
  5. 5. The Balancing Act Repairing ‘RA Life’ and ‘Life Life’ Thursday, January 30, 14 When there is a crisis on a plane, they ask you to put your oxygen mask on first. Why? Because you can’t help anyone if you aren’t protecting yourself.
  6. 6. Fall Semester Thursday, January 30, 14 Burnout is a real risk in second semester. See if you can see yourself in this RA-made video
  7. 7. Fall Semester Thursday, January 30, 14 Burnout is a real risk in second semester. See if you can see yourself in this RA-made video
  8. 8. Winter Semester Thursday, January 30, 14 Burnout is a real risk in second semester. See if you can see yourself in this RA-made video
  9. 9. The Plan Defining and testing for burnout 3 Life Balance exercises: Identifying Burnout Pressure Points Helicopter View Return On Life Energy or ROLE activity Thursday, January 30, 14 How would you define burnout?
  10. 10. What is Burnout? Burnout is an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance “A lot of burnout really has to do with experiencing chronic stress,” says Dr. Ballard, who is the head of the APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. “In those situations, the demands being placed on you exceed the resources you have available to deal with the stressors.” Thursday, January 30, 14
  11. 11. Identifying burnout pressure points Part of the cause of burnout lies with your situation. The other part comes from within yourself - from your ideals, your ambitions and goals  This exercise gives you the opportunity to think about what you want to get out of being an RA and then to compare this with the reality the job. Knowing these pressure points helps you to manage the situation to avoid burnout. Thursday, January 30, 14 When you identify the mismatch, there are possible pressure points that may develop into burnout.
  12. 12. Identifying burnout pressure points Step 1: List the things that give real meaning to what you do. What attracted you to the job? What do you find fulfilling now? What do you want to achieve within it? What do you think is important to doing the job well? Thursday, January 30, 14 This will give you a long list of things that are good about what you do. Identify the the five things that give the greatest meaning to your work. The list shows you the things that you should protect as much as you can.
  13. 13. Identifying burnout pressure points Step 2: Write down things that frustrate you most about your work. List the factors that are causing you difficulty and which are likely to cause stress in the future. Thursday, January 30, 14 Can include inadequacy of resource, lack of recognition or bureaucracy. Compare the two lists. For each item on the meaning list look at the list of frustrations. Where these threaten the things that are most important to you, note them down. These are the pressure points you need to monitor.
  14. 14. A Helicopter View Step 1: Brainstorm Life Areas The roles you play in your life Areas of life that are important to you Step 2: Write these down on wheel. Step 3: Assess each area Thursday, January 30, 14 Check in on our life balance with a Helecopter view. Sometime when life is busy, or all energy is focused into a project or role, you lose sight of the bigger picture. A helicopter view can give you the distance you need to see your life balance more clearly. Start by brainstorming the 6 to 8 dimensions of your life that are important for you. Different
  15. 15. A Helicopter View Step 4: Join up the marks Step 5: Think about your ideal level - plot your ideal scores Step 6: Take Action. Write “I commit to spending more time 3 Commitments with with a wider circle of friends. I will practical 3 Actions & text Alan tonight & ask when he is available to catch up.” deadlines Thursday, January 30, 14 4. Join Up the Marks Now join up the marks around the circle. Does your life wheel look and feel balanced? 5. Think About Your Ideal Level A balanced life does not mean getting 5 in each life area: some areas need more attention and focus than others at any time. And inevitably you will need to make choices and
  16. 16. Thursday, January 30, 14
  17. 17. Maximize your R.O.L.E. Return On Life Energy Set Priorities Be Realistic Learn to say no Make a list of things that drains your energy Keep your commitments Remember Service Make a list of things that give you energy boots Find Support Systems Seek Counselling Thursday, January 30, 14 Kate’s tips - Remember service, I get joy and job satisfaction from thinking of the community and people I’m helping- it keeps the job fulfilling, causing less burnout for mundane tasks (like doing rounds or being on call) Find support systems - people who can listen empathetically without judgement. Seek council - literally.
  18. 18. Why are you here? Thursday, January 30, 14 We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball, answering: ‘Why do you want to be an RA?’
  19. 19. Why are you here? Thursday, January 30, 14 We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball, answering: ‘Why do you want to be an RA?’
  20. 20. Why are you here? Thursday, January 30, 14 We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball, answering: ‘Why do you want to be an RA?’
  21. 21. Why are you here? Thursday, January 30, 14 We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball, answering: ‘Why do you want to be an RA?’
  22. 22. Why are you here? Thursday, January 30, 14 We are aiming at recommitment - Quick word association throwing around a ball, answering: ‘Why do you want to be an RA?’
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