Work Life Balance

Are You Exercising Your Earning Potential?

How much do you exercise? Do you agree with new research that has found a link between how much we exercise and how much we earn?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that people in the wealthiest earnings bracket had the highest participation rate in activities such as running, swimming, walking, weight lifting and aerobics. The study found the wealthier had more free time to exercise.

Irrespective of your income, daily exercise/activity needs to be an important part of everyone’s life as it is so good for balancing moods and reducing stress.

If you are struggling to manage your time, as counterintuitive as it sounds, take a 30 min break and go for a walk. You will return refreshed and reinvigorated and be more productive. 30mins too much? Go for a quick 5min walk every hour to recharge. I’m not sure about income and exercise being linked and I do know that productivity and exercise are.

You can read more about the ABS study here:  http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/earn-more-and-then-you-burn-more/story-fn6ck45n-1226213628156?sv=8592ff57af724594e978e21c053bf75

Is This Goodbye to the Office as We Know It?

With work expectations becoming more about results than the number of physical hours spent at the office, it is to be expected that workplace flexibility will change in response.

At the current pace of technology, the traditional office will become largely redundant within the decade, according to a new survey. With 60% of senior executives believe their office space would shrink rather than grow within the decade and more than half believing the office would become ”only a place of occasional use”.

Are you ready to go to the office at your local coffee shop or library? What would be your office-on-the-go essentials?

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/management/coffee-is-ready-and-so-is-a-generations-new-workplace-20110603-1fl0v.html#ixzz1OHXgJYue

Tips to Balancing Work and Life

  1. Keep the work at work. Resist the temptation to bring work home with you. If you’re facing pressing deadlines or a pile of work that keeps growing, taking work home seems like the easiest way to get it all done. Unfortunately, though, taking work home often means saying no to vital family time.
  2. Often, the heavy workload is part of the territory. At other times, you can ease your workload by opting out of unnecessary projects or unreasonable demands. Try delegating the tasks that can be done by others so you’re free to do the most important aspects of your job.
  3. Other times, poor planning can cause you to spend more time on tasks than is really necessary. This may cause you to get behind and feel the need to bring work home. Take a few minutes in the morning to plan your day effectively, make a to-do list arranged by priority, and then cross off your tasks as you complete them.
  4. Show your family that you value them by saying no when appropriate, delegating when possible, and taking time to organize your work before you begin. You’ll feel less stressed and get more done, too.
  5. Limit your hours. Staying late at the office is a lot like coming home with work. If possible, commit to reasonable office hours and leave when it’s time to clock out. Your family time will support your success at the office because you’ll feel less stressed and experience greater productivity in the time you spend at work.
  6. Go to work early. Instead of staying at the office late and missing family time, consider arriving early if you have to catch up on work. While you only want to do this occasionally, it can be the perfect compromise that promotes balance in your life. Arrive home on time for family time, and you work extra hours in the morning when everyone’s still asleep.
  7. Put your family first. Just as you make appointments that support your working career, why not make appointments that prioritize your family and encourage balance? Schedule in date nights, play time with the kids, or whatever suits your lifestyle. That way, when the calendar starts to become crowded with work, your family doesn’t get crowded out.

Most of your day may be spent at work, but the most rewarding experiences of your life often occur during family time. Use these strategies to balance your life and experience more of the memories that make life worthwhile. If you make your family a priority, you’ll be rewarded with greater productivity at work, a sense of peace, and deeper relationships within your family.

6 Tips on How to Make Time for YOU in Your Hectic Life

With so much to do and what seems like so little time to do everything in, it is essential to make time for yourself.  Spending time on YOU is critical! It enables you to feel rested, calm, stress-free, and fulfilled. When you’ve had proper rest, you can accomplish more and have the stamina to continue to look after yourself and your family.

On the other hand, if you neglect to make time for yourself, you’re more likely to become depressed, stressed, or unhappy and feel overwhelmed. Perhaps you feel that there’s just not enough time for you. Somewhere in the mix, you lost any time you ever had for yourself. However, the good news is that, with some creativity and perseverance, you can recapture some of that critical you-time!

Consider using these ideas to reap some rejuvenating time for yourself:

1.    Pen yourself in. Make time for yourself by adding it as a priority in your schedule or diary. As you fill out your planner, include it along with your other important tasks and stick to the appointment!

2.    Give yourself 15 minutes when you get home. Insist on at least 15 minutes to recoup and rejuvenate when you get home from work. If you have to lock yourself away family members, than that’s what you must do! This time allows you to properly transition from your work life to your home life.

•    Explain this new technique to your family so that they understand its importance. This way, no one feels like you’re just avoiding them! Arrange for someone to look after younger children – this could be your partner or older responsible child.

•    A simple strategy is to soak in the bath for 15 minutes. The water will relax you, and you’ll feel refreshed after a long day.

3.    Take advantage of your lunch break. Your lunch break is there for you to do what you please. After you eat, make good use of your time by going for a walk, exercising, listening to inspiring music, or even get in a bit of shopping if that’s what relaxes you.

4.    Enjoy a break while the kids nap. Here’s a good tip for stay at home moms. Give yourself some much needed “you” time whenever your children sleep. You might be tempted to get as much work done as you can while they’re asleep, but you’ll find you actually get more done if you give yourself a chance to rest and rejuvenate yourself.

•    Explore new ways of accomplishing things like household tasks while your kids are up. For example, turn chores into learning games that you can all participate in.

5.    Go to sleep earlier. Going to sleep earlier at night will enable you to get up in time to enjoy some morning “me” time. Just think how pleasant it would be to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning without having to look at your watch.

6.    Take a vacation day. Take a vacation day to just relax and do whatever you like. You don’t have to take a trip to take a vacation! Time spent on your favorite hobbies will also rejuvenate you. When you return to work, your renewed energy may surprise you!

At first glance, these strategies may look impossible to implement into your busy routine. A good way to get started with them is to incorporate just one at a time. That way, you only have to adjust to one small change. As you become accustomed to that one strategy, you can add another, and then another, until one day you’ll find that making time for yourself is easy.

Once you learn to make time for you, you’ll have more energy and time to enjoy the good things life has to offer.