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Innovation You: 7 strategies for work-life balance

Friday, February 13, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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"Like yoga, work-life balance is a practice you can master," career expert Tricia Molloy told more than 100 emerging industry leaders at the first NEW Innovation You webinar, "Work-Life Balance Wisdom," Feb. 11, 2015.

Molloy, the author of Working with Wisdom, shared her insights for prioritizing life and career, urging participants create a "balance list" that includes work, family, home, relationships, health, finances, personal development, recreation, spirituality and service. Rate each area on a scale of 1 to 10 to prioritize and determine your personal needs, resources and areas where you might need help, she advised.

Write down your goals while considering, "If I had more time, energy and other resources, I would…" From there, you can choose three work-life balance goals, "Professional. Personal. Bodacious big dream."

Molloy offered these seven strategies of work-life balance wisdom:

  • Get on purpose. Identify what motivates you, your values and your natural gifts. "Why are you here?" Molloy urged listeners to ask themselves. "What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?"
  • Create the space. Physical, technical and emotional clutter "distract us, keep us out of balance." Maintain order in your workspace, cut down on technological multi-tasking and sort through the things that keep you up at night.
  • Manage your energy. People often forget natural energy elevators, including healthy eating, sleeping and hobbies. List your daily, weekly and monthly commitments – from business meetings to friendships you've outgrown. On a scale of 1 to 10, "resign from anything you'd rate under a '4.'"
  • Talk to yourself. "Eighty percent of talking to ourselves is negative," Molloy said, urging listeners to think about "what your best friend would say, or your coach." Affirmations, such as "I am open to receive," and "I have more than enough energy to the important things done today" can be highly effective.
  • Be authentic. Remember to be yourself – and that can mean not replying to an email as quickly as you can. "Take time to think and make conscious choices before responding." Also important to remember? "'No' is a complete sentence."
  • Stay present. Cut down on multi-tasking and learn to savor the gifts. "The more you intentionally choose to be present, the more you will appreciate that moment."
  • Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Molloy advises keeping a gratitude journal to maintain your own healthy perspective. "Catch the gifts. We need to savor our successes," Molloy said, such as a job well done or a compliment from a colleague or the start of a vacation.

To create a positive culture around you, make an effort toward transforming challenging relationships. In such situations, "choose one week not to be critical. Instead, share what you appreciate about that person" with him or her. You'll notice positive change in that relationship.

"A handwritten note can go a long way toward improving morale," Molloy added.

The NEW Innovation You learning series of eight webinars led by popular career experts continues with "Get in the Driver's Seat: Career Mapping" on March 4, 2015. The series is free to NEW members. Non-members may view webinars for $99 each. Learn more about Innovation You webinars.

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