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How to balance work life in todays time

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  • 1. ACHIEVING WORK-LIFE BALANCE AIM- IRS Conference August 2009 Grand Rapids, Michigan Presented by: HMT Industry Director, Charlie Brantley HMT Director of Field Operations – West , Dave Horton
  • 2. Achieving Work Life Balance Workshop
    • Purpose:
          • To focus on how to successfully combine work, family relationships and leisure time into a satisfying life.
    • Approach:
          • To create a skill set that enhances the ability to evaluate priorities, focus on the big picture and use long range planning
            • Use prioritizing and organizational skills to make sense out of conflicting demands
  • 3. The Work – Life Balance
    • Work and personal world were once very distinct.
    • It is harder than ever to keep up with both your work and personal activities.
    • Activities and social spaces are becoming ambiguous.
  • 4. Some things people deal with on a daily basis
    • Getting ahead at work
    • Spending quality time with your significant other
    • Caring for elderly parents
    • Doing chores at home
    • Taking care of children
    • Commuting to/from work
  • 5. The Never-Ending Work Day …
    • There was a time when people in the IRS reported to work Monday through Friday and worked an 8 hour day.
        • The day started at 8:00AM and ended at 4:45 PM however ,
    • The world has changed. Some of the changes in the work world caused a change and blurring of the work and personal worlds.
  • 6. Changes in the Work World
    • Global economy
    • International business
    • Advanced communication technology
    • Flex-time schedules
    • Alternative or flexi-place work location
    • Changes in family structure (dual-career)
  • 7. Some Facts to Consider About the Workforce
    • 57% of people who say they had to go into work late or leave early did so because of caring for elderly relatives
    • 4% say they’ve turned down a promotion
    • 10% say they went from full-time to part-time work
    • Article in Forbes Magazine- March 17, 2009
  • 8. Survey Results From More Than 50,000 Employees from a Variety of Manufacturing and Service Organizations Found (Source: Quintessential Careers article)
    • 2 out of every 5 employees are dissatisfied with the balance between their work and personal lives
    • The lack of balance is due to:
      • Long work hours
      • Changing demographics
      • More time in the car
      • Deterioration of boundaries between work and home
  • 9. So … How Do You Restore Balance to your Life?
    • First, remember that the work/life balance can mean different things to different people.
      • It can also change and mean different things to you at various points in your career.
    • You also have to be realistic .
      • If you set a priority (EX: advance in your career), you have to be realistic about what that will require.
  • 10. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance ( By Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.)
    • Negotiate a Change with Your Current Employer
        • Changes can include: flextime, job-sharing, telecommuting or part-time employment.
        • Your 1 st step is to research your employer’s policies and methods of handling previous requests
    • Find a New Career
        • Some careers are simply more stressful and time-consuming than others.
          • E xplore careers that are less stressful and more flexible
  • 11. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued)
    • Find a New Job
        • Rather than a career change, perhaps you simply need to take a less stressful job within your chosen career.
          • This may involve working with your current employer to identify a new position
    • Slow Down
        • Life is simply too short
        • Take steps to stop and enjoy the things and people around you.
        • Find some ways to distance yourself from the things that are causing you the most stress
  • 12. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued)
    • Learn to Better Manage Your Time. Avoid Procrastination.
        • For many people, most of the stress they feel comes from simply being disorganized – and procrastinating.
          • Learn to set more realistic goals and deadlines – and then stick to them
    • Share the Load
        • Even though we may sometimes feel we’re the only ones capable of doing something, it's usually not the case.
          • Get your partner or other family members to help you with all your personal/family responsibilities
  • 13. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued)
    • Let Things Go. (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff)
        • Learn to let things go every once in a while
        • Learn to recognize the things that don’t really have much impact in your life and allow yourself to let them go
            • … then don’t beat yourself up for doing so
    • Explore Your Options. Get Help .
        • In many cases you do have options; you just need to take the time to explore them
          • EX: a sitter for your children, options for care of your aging parents, counseling for yourself
            • Don’t feel overwhelmed with your family responsibilities
  • 14. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued)
    • Take Charge. Set Priorities.
        • Sometimes it’s easier for us to allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed rather than taking charge and developing a prioritized list of things that need to get done
            • Buck the trend.
    • Simplify
        • It’s human nature to take on too many tasks and responsibilities, to try to do too much and to own too much.
          • Find a way to simplify your life
          • Change your lifestyle
            • Get rid of the clutter and baggage in your house – and your life.
  • 15. Final Thought on the Work/Life Balance….
    • In the end, the key word is balance.
      • Find the right balance that works for you
      • Celebrate your successes and don’t dwell on your failures.
      • Life is a process .. and so is striving for balance in your life.
  • 16. 7 Tips For Work-Life Balance By: Jeff Wuorio
    • Don’t overbook
    • Prioritize ruthlessly
    • Learn how to say no
    • Organize
    • Use technology
    • …but don’t overdo it
    • Know it won’t always be perfect
  • 17. Don’t Overbook:
    • Don’t plan too many things
      • Assume that only 50% of things you plan for the day will actually get done
      • Lisa McGonagle (Public Relations business owner – Boston)
  • 18. Prioritize Ruthlessly:
    • The secret to booking your time effectively boils down to knowing what is important and what can wait
    • Use the sharpest knife to trim the essential from the secondary
    • Krista Kurth, Co-author “Running on Plenty at Work”
  • 19. Learn to Say No
    • One of the biggest land mines to effective time management is recognizing you don’t have to agree with everything and with everyone.
    • “ Saying no to one thing opens the door to saying yes to something else” Krista Kurth
  • 20. Organize
    • Bringing time into line isn’t just a matter of scheduling.
    • “ Eliminating clutter and the chaos it causes will give you a gift of 240 to 288 hours every year”
    • Peggy Duncan (an Atlanta-based personal productivity authority)
    • Organizational ideas include :
  • 21. Use Technology:
    • Go beyond personal habits and practices for time management.
      • Use technology as another weapon to make the most effective use of your workday
    • “ Sticky notes are one of the worst things in the world. ..”
        • “ ..You should live by your database. That way nothing is ever forgotten.”
        • Lisa McGonagle
  • 22. (Use technology) … But Don’t Overdue It
    • Part of effective time management is knowing when to shut things down
      • Turning off a cell phone or other wireless means of communication establishes boundaries
            • Helps you balance your personal and professional time
  • 23. Know It Won’t Always Be Perfect
    • “ Be grateful for what goes right and learn from your mistakes.”
    • Do what you can and enjoy whatever time you spend more pleasantly and productively .
      • Time management is not an exact science. Don’t stress out and waste time in the process obsessing over every second of time.
      • Krista Kurth