How to Create a Work-Life Balance for Maximum Success

How to Create a Work-Life Balance for Maximum Success

Creating a Work Life Balance

This article is a tad long, but rest assured it will be worth the read. I wanted to share with you some of my boundaries and guidelines on how I have established a work-life balance. In order to truly maximize your potential in all areas of your life you need a balance. Work and life need to be separate.

Work is what you do, life is how you live and the two need separation for the ultimate balance ~ John R. Salkowski

Here are some steps to follow in no particular order

1: Set your priorities

You must figure out what you want your priorities to be, not what you think they should be. Ask yourself, “If I could only focus on one thing in my life, what would it be?” Your answer is your top priority. Then focus on the second, third and so forth. This way you’ve identified your top priorities in order.

2: Track your time

I carry a journal and track everything I spend time on. How much time do you spend doing things that don’t matter to you? By tracking, it’ll certainly open your eyes to how much time you waste on things that don’t align with your priorities. Eliminate these things from your life, or delegate them.

3: Focus on one thing at a time

There is no such thing as multi-tasking. It’s not possible to focus on two things at the same time. Instead, devote your full attention to the task at hand. When you’re working, work. When you’re spending time with your family, focus solely on them.

4: Schedule one thing you look forward to each day

Block out time to do what you want to do. Put aside an hour on your schedule to read a book, take a walk, or just to be alone. The activity doesn’t have to be time-consuming, complicated, or expensive.

5: Respect your private time

Protect your private time like your life depended on it. Give your time the respect it deserves. Once you’ve blocked out your private time on your schedule and protect it like you would protect your child.

6: Take a look at your personal habits and disciplines in your life

Here are some of the habits and disciplines that can cause you to feel out of balance; lack of sleep, poor nutrition, lack of exercise habits. Get these priorities in order.

7: Take a vacation or a get-away

I like taking 5 days every 8 weeks. This may be too much for you, however you don’t need to go far and you don’t need to spend lots of money. But you must take the time to recharge your batteries in order to be the most productive, creative, and happy person possible. Relax and enjoy.

8: Hire a personal coach or mentor

This is paramount to one’s success. A personal coach or mentor can assess your current work-life balance, and can tell you what you can do to achieve maximum balance.

9: Set boundaries and guidelines

You must draw the line in the sand on this one and never, ever cross it. Turn off your cell phone, laptop when you’re with your family. If you want change your voice message on your phone that you will be returning important calls between certain times. If you don’t respect your time, no one else will either.

10: Learn to say “NO”

Be firm yet very professional. Don’t jump to every request that comes your way. If it doesn’t fit into your schedule or align with your priorities, don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on more. Say NO!

11: Evaluate & re-evaluate your work-life balance once a month

Achieving work-life balance is a journey, not a destination. Block out time on your schedule once a month to reflect on your current balance. Adjust it accordingly and devise a plan to make it happen.

About the Author

John R. Salkowski is a retired Police Officer after an impressive 15 year career who is now a Highly Sought-After Leadership, Motivational Speaker, Coach and Business Consultant. John shares his unique Leadership strategies in his signature presentation:

“Leadership in the Line of Duty™
50 Leadership Lessons for Making Split-Second Decisions from a Cop Who Has Been in Life and Death Situations”

John regularly speaks for a variety of leaders (ranging from entry level to experienced executives) for corporations, business groups, associations, colleges, universities, youth groups and sports organizations. Pulling from his 15 years of real world, in-the-trenches (and even life and death) Law Enforcement experiences, John now teaches leaders one of the most important key components of leadership (that is often overlooked):

“How to make Split-Second Leadership Decisions when the direction and success of your organization depends on it”

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