Executive Coaching For Better Work/Life Balance

Most people have heard the saying, “All work and no play, makes Jack and dull boy.”  However, many executives do nothing but work.  American executives have turned into a society of workaholics, where the eight hour workday is now more like a 10 or 12 hour workday.  This means that you spend more of your life trapped inside an office with a bunch of strangers than do with your own family.

Working 50 and 60 hour work weeks continually for many years is unhealthy. It leaves you almost no time for exercise or to spend with the people you care about most. Plus research shows that working 60 hour weeks quickly begins to lower your productivity and effectiveness to the point of nullifying all that “extra” time you are spending at the office.

Over the last 50 years America has become a nation of workaholics.  This has negatively affected our ability to have structured and stable home lives, as well as develop relationships with our children.  It also leads to stress and is partly to blame for the anxiety and depression problems that are beginning to run rampant in this country.

Remember that work is not everything either.  It’s great if you manage to find an executive job that becomes your passion and you absolutely love doing it. But even then, you still need to have a healthy balance between work and your personal life.

Executive Coaching Tips to Manage a Healthy Work/Life Balance

1. Don’t try to do it all in a day

Don’t put the pressure of unmanageable deadlines on yourself.  Use your schedule to plan your time in a realistic and manageable way. Remember that you’ll never be able to do EVERYTHING there is to do no matter how much you work or how hard you try. That’s why you need to focus on your most important, highest-leverage projects and tasks.

2. Tell people no

This tip is a corollary of the one above.  Oftentimes people overload themselves with work because they are afraid to tell people “no” for fear of losing a client or making an enemy at the office.  However, you might be surprised to find that people don’t get upset when you tell them “no.”  Just give them an honest reason for your “no” and then tell them when you will be able to get what they want done.  Don’t let other people dictate your priorities and schedule!

3. Don’t strive for perfection

Humans are not perfect; thus, you will never be perfect.  You don’t have to waste time on projects obsessing over the minor details that only you are aware of.  Do what is required to get a job done, and if you have a little extra time, then you can try and take your work up a notch, but don’t create more work and overtime for yourself by seeking unattainable perfection. Know when it’s time to stop and move on to something more important.

If you subject yourself to work all the time then you’re subjecting yourself to a miserable and uneventful life.  We only get around 80 years on this planet, so don’t waste all of them trapped inside your office.  Make sure and give yourself ample time to have fun doing whatever it is you like to do so that there are no regrets when you’re lying on your death bed.

Remember the old saying, “No one on their death bed wishes they had spent more time at the office.”

4. Don’t Forget To Live Your Life

If you have kids then spend time with them, help them with their homework, read with them, play videogames—anything, just interact with them.  They’ll thank you for it when they are older. If you have a favorite pastime then take part in it, whatever it is.  Also spend time with your spouse, significant other or your friends. Your relationships are the source of most of your joy and happiness.

5. Take Advantage Of Your Vacation Time

You don’t necessarily have to take any big trips; heck, you could lie around the house all week.  Just make sure and take the time off to rest, recover and renew. Using your vacation time wisely will help you stay healthy and productive so you can perform at your best when you are working.

Comments

  1. I do agree with the fact that people have become workaholics and spend more time in office than in home. This workload affect their health as well their family relations. You need to have a plan so that you can easily balance your work and personal life. Very nice tips are provided in the above mentioned post and every individual must adopt these tips.


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