Category Archives: 52 Weeks To Better Life Balance

Week 28: Is Working Less the Answer to Better Life Balance?

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Note that this blog post is part of a series. You can access all the posts at 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance Series.

Indeed, many people view part-time work as the “holy grail” of work-life balance.

Many times a week, at least in the blogosphere world, the perplexing question of how to solve our work-life balance woes is raised. We bemoan our lack of time – if only we had more hours in the day, we could get it all done! We then pour over the latest time management tricks, CEOs’ productivity secrets, and ways to sneak out of the office earlier without being noticed. An even bolder and perhaps riskier move is reducing our working hours to part-time. It is as if a magician waves a magic wand and POOF! Suddenly we have gained several extra hours per week. Read More →

Week 27: Improving Your Current Work Situation for Better Life Balance

Current work

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The truth is that we spend a significant portion of our lives at work. We all have 168 hours per week, and a decent percentage of that is typically focused on our career.

In the past 26 weeks of this series, 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance, we have covered three main areas for improving our life balance, including (1) setting the foundation and identifying priorities, (2) managing time, and (3) managing energy. Read More →

Week 26: Mid-Year Check-in and the Importance of Treats

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Because forming good habits can be draining, treats play an important role. (Gretchen Rubin)

Wow! It is hard to believe that it is Week 26, which marks the half-way point of the year. How did that happen? This is a great time to take a step back and congratulate yourself on your extraordinary efforts toward improving your life balance. At the first quarter-point (Week 13), we talked about the importance of pausing and reflecting on the past weeks, particularly reviewing our goals, successes, and challenges. Read More →

Weeks 24 and 25: Strategies for Creating Habits that Stick Once and For All

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The overall goal with habits is “to develop habits that allow us to have time for everything we value – work, fun, exercise, friends, errands, study – in a way that’s sustainable forever.” (Gretchen Rubin)

Last week we discussed how creating positive habits in our lives can be helpful because they make life easier. We don’t have to think about the task at hand, and thus we spend very little energy or willpower engaging in this habit or routine. We are more efficient, we save and boost energy, and we can think about other things as we engage in the task. Read More →

Week 23: Creating Positive Habits for Better Life Balance

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The main reason habits can improve our life balance is because they make life easier.

While reading and studying factors that contribute to life balance, I was surprised to learn that habits can be a way to improve overall energy and functioning in life. However, the more I read, the more it made sense. Read More →

Week 22: Can the KonMari Method Transform Your Life Balance?

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A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming. (Marie Kondo)

Last week we discussed energy drainers, particularly those that are hidden in our lives or are less evident to us. One of these silent lurkers is physical clutter. Disorganization in our environment, whether at home or work, can greatly drain our energy and cause undue stress. Read More →

Week 21: What Are Your Hidden Energy Drainers?

energy drainers

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For better life balance, it makes sense to try to minimize or eliminate the activities that diminish our energy, thereby giving ourselves more fuel to spend in the important areas of our life.

In the past weeks, we have been talking about how to boost our energy by taking strategic daily breaks as well as weekly pauses, monthly mini-retreats, and annual vacations. Another factor to consider in this discussion is the other side of the coin: what activities drain our energy? Read More →

Week 20: Give Yourself a Time Out for Better Life Balance

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Imagine having an energy bank in which you draw from each day. We need to make extra “deposits” for times when life is more demanding than usual, such as during periods of high stress, extra busyness, and additional challenges. Read More →

Week 19: Transform Your Life Balance with Micro-Breaks

micro-breaks

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Experts remind us that humans cannot run at peak levels indefinitely, as much as we may try. We are built to cycle between spending energy and renewing energy, and thus ignoring our need for breaks will work against us, eventually leading to chronic stress and burnout.

Over the past couple of weeks in 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance, we’ve established that human beings have cycles of focused energy for approximately 90 to 120 minutes, which then drops significantly for about 20 minutes before peaking again. We’ve discussed how taking micro-breaks, or brief breaks for rest, helps re-energize and refuel our brain and body and therefore better manage our energy during a 24-hour period. Read More →

Week 18: Got Energy? Working with Your Unique Energy Patterns for Better Life Balance

energy patterns

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Ideally we want to match our magic hours, whenever they are, with our most important, highest-impact (and usually more challenging) tasks in our work or life.

Last week we discussed the general concept of personal energy management, how it applies to life balance, and the four dimensions from which we gain energy (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual). We also considered ways to fill our energy reserves in these four areas so that we have fuel to burn when we need it. Read More →