“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” – Heather Schuck
I love my work. It’s something that inspires me everyday. One thing I do tend to struggle with in my career, and I’m sure some of you can relate with me, is work-life balance. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. While my balance isn’t perfect, here are a few things I do to help make it work.Read More >>
Schedule Some Time for You
In addition to being the president of my own company, I also am involved in Dane Buy Local, Sustain Dane and Brat Fest. Needless to say, I need to manage my time wisely. Some of you might also have a family that keeps you busy after work. Try to put time on your calendar for something that will better yourself. For me, it could be something as simple as sitting on the back porch and enjoying the sound of running water flowing right behind my backyard. Whether it’s enjoying a walk through the park, or reading a book, try to make some time for yourself after a long day of work. You deserve it.
Develop a Plan Every Day at Work
I create a to-do list each day when I start working. I like to take that a step further and think about anything else that will need to happen before I can check something off my to-do list. This could involve people I need to get in touch with, specific actions that need to be taken, a timeframe to complete something, and the outcome of completing an action. While things can come through at the last minute, outlining each aspect of what is on my to do list helps me stay organized, which is extremely important for my job. Always having a specific plan to tackle your workday will help you figure out if there is anything that needs to be added to do your to-do list before it becomes an issue.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
This is especially tough when I work from home, and can be easily distracted by something at home that needs attention, like a pile of dishes or laundry. While it’s great to be able to connect with others no matter where we are in the world, it can sometimes hinder our ability to do the best work because we are constantly in demand to respond to stuff as soon as possible. If you are working on an important project, put your instant messenger on away or do not disturb and log off on Facebook. Directing your undivided attention to a project will allow you to do your best work, in my opinion.
Develop a Personal Philosophy
Take a minute and ask yourself these questions: What type of life do you want to live? What is your purpose? Whether it’s your daily yoga class, or something else, I encourage you to find your Zen. I like to reflect on these types of questions through my faith. I’m active within my church and am also proud to work beside Lifest to bring a positive message to those who are willing to listen during Brat Fest each year. Giving back to others and our community is something I value and is my way of doing something that meets my personal philosophy. Thinking about these things allows me to find some Zen during a hectic workday, and could help you too.