If you are like most people in today’s fast-paced society, your answer is probably, “yes”. In a recent study by Workplace Trends, 75 percent of employees listed work-life balance as their top priority. With companies continuing to do more with less and technology expanding the eight-hour workday into 24/7, people are needing balance more than ever.
While there will always be unexpected circumstances demanding your time and energy, you can achieve balance and be in control of your life. You can become less stressed with everything you need to juggle.
Signs That Your Life and Work May Be Out of Balance:
1. You cannot stop checking your e-mail or cell phone.
2. You feel burned out and overwhelmed.
3. You have stopped taking care of your well-being.
4. Your relationships with family, friends, and co-workers are strained.
5. You continuously work evenings, weekends, or on vacations.
The lazy, hazy, fun days of summer are upon us! It is the great time of year to escape the daily grind and fill your calendar with fun, recreational, and social activities. Summer is also the time of year when you can relax and keep your life simple. As you know, after the 4th of July, summer goes by fast.
Now is the time to recharge your batteries before school, work, and the holidays overwhelm you.
5 Ways to Balance YOUR Life and Work:
1. Identify your values, future vision; set priorities according to them.
2. Say “no” by letting go of the disease-to-please or fearing disapproval.
3. Let go of control or perfectionist tendencies and delegate tasks.
4. Stay the course and celebrate your successes.
5. Repeat positive affirmations to yourself like, “I am in control of my life.”
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I have learned to not argue against reality by accepting, “It is what is.” With age and wisdom, I have minimized feeling disappointed by becoming less naive and realizing that while anything is possible, some people and some things will not change.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I tend to say that I was born into inspiration. I appreciate all the blood, sweat and tears I have experienced over my 53 years. My tough childhood of growing up in a low-income, single-parent home with a mentally-challenged brother taught me to be grateful for what you have; to do what it takes to live a better life; and to treat all people with kindness and respect.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
Having dropped out of high school and earning a college degree when I was 35 years old was a tremendous achievement in my life. I can still feel the sense of pride. But the most rewarding achievement for me was the care and joy I gave my late mentally-challenged brother and the disadvantaged kids I have mentored. Nothing feels better than bringing joy, compassion and hope into someone’s life.
My long-term goal is expand my Life in Nancy’s Kitchen speaking and television platform so I can reach and empower more people to live a better life.
4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
As patient as I can be in interacting with people, I have such a sense of urgency to get things done. I perform better when I am busy and moving fast. When I am in a slow period, I struggle with maintaining momentum and discipline, which can keep me stuck for a bit. As for quirks, I sure am a silly, upbeat gal. Those who know me personally have to listen to me belly-laugh out loud at my own jokes and sing off key even when I do not know all the words. Ya gotta live a little, have some fun!
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my career and love that I love to have fun!