Hope Springs Internal™

August 18, 2010

Rest is Not Idleness

By Linda Tancs

As you run about your day like the Energizer Bunny on steroids trying to juggle life and work, remember that the human body is not designed to run 24/7.  It’s essential to have balance in work and life, which is all the more trying these days-especially for employees who are so often asked to do more with less. So how do you incorporate a sense of balance? First, you need to determine the value you place on every aspect of your life: work, emotional growth, friends, family, hobbies, health and fitness, finances, intellectual growth, spirituality, and so on.  Rate each aspect on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest value).  A sense of imbalance often evolves from a feeling that one’s values are out of sync with daily living.  How much do you incorporate your highest rated value(s) into the life you’re living?  Next, determine the resources you need to close the gap between your highest values ratings and the space that any such activity actually occupies in your life.  Are you lacking a “team” resource-a supportive partner, an extra hand at work, an au pair, a counselor, etc.? Or perhaps you need more material resources-a daily planner, better technology, training materials, etc.  Once you’ve determined the resources you need, sit down and write out an action plan to optimize those resources.  List each resource and your goal with respect to acquiring or optimizing it.  Determine a realistic timeline for each goal.  Finally, consider how you’ll know whether the goal has been achieved. What will success look like?  Revisit your plan often to gauge how your values jibe with your current life circumstances.

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