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Work life balance

  1. 1. WORK-LIFE BALANCE TRAINING PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT RESOURCES, LLC
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES  INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE CONCEPT  7 TIPS FOR BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE  SUCCESS SURVEY FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE  STRESS MANAGEMENT  HANDLING STRESS
  3. 3. WORK-LIFE BALANCE…WHAT IT REALLY MEANS…..       WHAT IT’S NOT WORK-LIFE BALANCE VARIES OVER TIME WORK LIFE BALANCE IS IDIOSYNCRATIC THE CORE DEFINITION SHOULD INCLUDE 2 KEY CONCEPTS: ACHIEVEMENT & ENJOYMENT LET’S EXPLORE THE CONCEPT OF ENJOYMENT ACHIEVEMENT & ENJOYMENT ARE FRONT & BACK OF COIN OF VALUE IN LIFE    ONE CANNOT GET THE FULL VALUE FROM LIFE WITHOUT BOTH CONCEPTS LIFE WILL DELIVER THE VALUE AND BALANCE WE DESIRE WHEN WE ARE ____ WORKING DEFINITION OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE: MEANINGFUL DAILHY ACHIEVEMENT & ENJOYMENT IN EACH OF OUR 4 LIFE QUADRANTS— WORK/FAMILY/FRIENDS & SELF
  4. 4. 7 TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE  DON’T OVERBOOK– THINGS RARELY GO ACCORDING TO A PREARRANGED AGENDA– LOT’S OF TIME SPENT CHASING DOWN APPOINTMENTS, UNRETURNED PHONE CALLS. ASSUME THAT ONLY 50% OF THE THINGS YOU PLAN ON DOING WILL ACTUALLY GET DONE.  PRIORITIZE RUTHLESSLY– THE SECRET TO GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT IS KNOWING WHAT’S IMPORTANT AND WHAT CAN WAIT. LEARN TO ASK QUESTIONS THAT HELP YOU DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF URGENCY. WORK OUT LONGER LEAD TIMES WHENEVER YOU CAN AND DON’T GIVE INTO THE ―INSTANT-AND-IMMEDIATE ANSWER‖ SYNDROME. TREATING EVERY THING AS TOP PRIORITY IS DRAINING AND DEPLETING
  5. 5. 7 TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE  LEARN HOW TO SAY NO– ONE OF THE BIGGEST LAND MINES TO EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT IS RECOGNIZING YOU DON’T HAVE TO AGREE TO EVERYTHING AND WITH EVERYONE. USE YOUR PRIORITY CRITERIA TO IDENTIFY REQUESTS THAT SIMPLY AREN’T WORTH YOUR TIME.  ORGANIZE– BRINGING YOUR TIME INTO LINE ISN’T JUST A MATTER OF SCHEDULING. THE MECANICS OF HOW YOU OPERATE CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT. THAT MEANS ORGANIZING MOST EVERY ELEMENT TO ALLOW AS SMOOTH A WORKFLOW AS POSSIBLE. EVERYTHING IN YOUR OFFICE SHOULD BE SET UP USING LOGICAL SYSTEMS SO ANYONE NEEDING ANYTHING CAN FIND IT. ELIMINATING CLUTTER AND THE CHAOS IT CAUSES WILL GIVE YOU A GIFT OF 200 HOURS EVERY YEAR.
  6. 6. 7 TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE  HERE ARE A FEW SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONAL IDEAS: 1. USE COLOR CODING-WHITE FOLDERS = CLIENT INFO– BLUE-DEAL WITH INTERNAL ISSUES. 2. DON’T ISOLATE TASKS—ONE HUGE TIME DRAIN OCCURS WHEN ONE PERSON HAS TO TAKE ON SOMETHING WHICH IS TOTALLY UNFAMILIAR WITH. 3. DO THINGS WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT– IT’S NOT LIKELY YOU’LL BE CALLING PEOPLE AT 10PM FOR WORK. USE CONVENTIONAL WORK HOURS FOR TASK THAT CAN ONLY BE DONE THEN. 4. DELEGATE IF THAT’S AN OPTION– MANY BUSINESS
  7. 7. 7 TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE PEOPLE TAKE TOO MANY THINGS ON THEIR OWN SHOULDERS. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO BEST AND WHAT CAN BEST BE DONE BY OTHERS. THEN, SPLIT THE WORK ACCORDINGLY.
  8. 8. 7 TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE  USE TECHNOLOGY– ALTHOUGH PERSONAL HABITS CAN DO WONDERS FOR TIME MANAGEMENT, DON’T OVERLOOK TECHNOLOGY AS ANOTHER WEAPON TO MAKE THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF YOUR WORKDAY. MOTTO = LIVE BY MY DATABASE– THAT WAY, NOTHING IS EVER FORGOTTEN.  . . . BUT DON’T OVERDO IT—MANY BUSINESSPEOPLE ARE GUN SHY ABOUT USING TECHNOLOGY OUT OF FEAR THAT THEY’LL REMAIN TOO MUCH IN TOUCH—THAT THEY’LL WASTE TIME ON INTRUSIVE E-MAILS AND CELL PHONE CALLS. PART OF EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT IS KNOWING WHEN TO SHUT THINGS DOWN. TURNING OFF DEVICES ESTABLISHES BOUNDARIES—IT HELPS YOU BALANCE YOU PERSONAL VS. PROFESSIONAL TIME.
  9. 9. 7 TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE KNOW IT WON’T ALWAYS BE PERFECT TRY AS WE ALL MAY, TIME MANAGEMENT ISN’T AN EXACT SCIENCE. DON’T STRESS OUT– AND WASTE TIME IN THE PROCESS BY OBSESSING OVER EVERY SECOND OF TIME. DO WHAT YOU CAN AND ENJOY WHATEVER TIME YOU SPEND MORE PLEASANTLY OR PRODUCTIVELY. BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOES RIGHT AND LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.
  10. 10. SUCCESS SURVEY FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE  PLEASE REFER TO HANDOUTS
  11. 11. WHAT IS STRESS?      THE STRESS RESPONSE (FIGHT OR FLIGHT SYNDROME)– IS THE BODY’S ―NATURAL‖ REACTION TO PERCEIVED THREAT OR REAL DANGER. STRESSFUL SITUATIONS CAN PRODUCE EITHER EXCITEMENT OR FRUSTRATION. STRESS BECOMES NEGATIVE AND DEBILITATING DEPENDING ON YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE SITUATION. THE NORMAL STRESS RESPONSE IS A SERIES OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS. PROLONGED AND NEGATIVE STRESS RESPONSE— CHEMICALLY– PUTS A PERSONS BODY AND MIND INTO A NEGATIVE SPIRIL(NEGATIVE THINKING LEADS TO NEGATIVE FEELINGS OR EMOTIONS, WHICH IN TURN LEADS TO NEGATIVE ACTIONS/AND OR BEHAVIORS.
  12. 12. DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRESS  EUSTRESS—EXAMPLES INCLUDE—YOU ARE PSYCHED UP BEFORE A SPORTING EVENT; BEFORE A SPEECH, TEST, ETC.; YOUR BOYFRIEND PROPOSES TO YOU; IT’S YOUR FIRST DAY ON A NEW JOB OR POSITION.  EVERYDAY STRESS– EXAMPLES INCLUDE– YOUR ALARM DOES NOT GO OFF; YOU’RE LATE FOR MEETING, LUNCH, ETC.; YOU HAVE A FLAT TIRE AFTER WORK.  PROLONGED EXAGGERATED STRESS– YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT FOR NEW BOSS– AND IT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR MONTHS, PLUS WIFE IS ASKING FOR A DIVORCE; YOU’RE A DIVORCED PARENT W/2 TEENAGERS AND YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS HAVED MOVED IN W/YOU & NEED CONSTANT CARE.
  13. 13. DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRESS  TRAUMATIC STRESS– IRAQ VETERANS COMING HOME WHO HAVE SEEN A LOT OF DEATH AND DYING; YOU WITNESS A PLANE CRASH OR SURVIVE A CRASH; YOU ARE ROBBED AND BEATEN AT THE BANK YOU WORK FOR AND THEY THREATEN TO KILL YOU.
  14. 14. JOB BURNOUT: CAUSES DUE TO STRESS  WORKLOAD-TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE  CONTROL- EXTERNAL LOCUS VS. INTERNAL LOCUS  REWARDS- RAISES OR LACK OF, PROMOTIONS OR LACK OF, AND SO ON  VALUES-YOUR VALUE SYSTEM DOES NOT AGREE WITH YOUR BOSSES’ OR THE ORGANIZATION
  15. 15. JOB BURNOUT: CAUSES DUE TO STRESS  COMMUNITY– WHERE YOU HAVE A SENSE OF BELONGING, AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROCESS  FAIRNESS– WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN VOICE YOUR OPINION WITHOUT ANY REPRISALS OCCURING
  16. 16. BURNOUT TEST DUE TO PROLONGED STRESS  COLUMN A  EXHAUSTED CYNICAL VS INEFFECTIVE VS UNBALANCED VS STAGNANT VS TRIVIAL VS ISOLATED VS        VS COLUMN B  ENERGIZED INVOLVED EFFECTIVE BALANCED MOVING VALUED CONNECTED      
  17. 17. SYMPTOMS OF EXCESSIVE STRESS               TENSION HEADACHES CHEST PAIN OR TIGHTNESS CHRONIC FATIGUE/LACK OF SLEEP FEELING WOUND UP FEELING LOW OR DOWN IN THE DUMPS WORRYING/LOST OF CONCENTRATION & FOCUS POUCHES OR DARK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYES IRRITABILITY FREQUENT CONSTIPATION OR DIARREA FREQUENT INDIGESTION FREQUENT FLU OR COLD SYMPTOMS ANGRY OUT EXCESSIVE DRINKING, SMOKING OR EATING DECREASED SEX DRIVE
  18. 18. HANDLING STRESS  REGULAR EXERCISE  VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION DURING PERIODS OF EXCESSIVE STRESS  TIME MANAGEMENT & GOAL-SETTING-DECREASE STRESS BY ENDING FEAR OF FAILURE  HOBBIES  SELF-RESPONSIBILITY & SELF-AWARENESS- KNOW YOUR PHYSIOLOGICAL TRIGGERS TO STRESS, WORK ON WORK/LIFE BALANCE, KNOW YOUR INDIVIDUAL SIGNS OF BURN OUT, CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE-YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK (WILLIAM JAMES)  COOL RUNNINGS

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