Innovation You: 7 strategies for work-life balance
Friday, February 13, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
"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.