Saturday, February 18, 2012

Work Life Balance

The Energy Project

Our inner worlds are constantly shifting. Like changing weather patterns, sometimes we feel high, sometimes we feel low. On top of that, the world “out there” is in a constant flux. So how do we center ourselves and stay grounded?

The answer is work-life balance.

I devote a little attention to the fundamental areas of life: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, to turbo charge my batteries and positively reinforce who I am.

And I don't compartmentalize—I realize that they are interconnected and neglecting one would  negatively  impact the others, affecting me overall. 

Sure it requires extra effort, but the pay off is I am more statisfied and energized to do the things that need to get done.

So how to do it? Something as little as forcing a lunch break makes a huge difference in my day, because my brain rewards me with being twice as effective and efficient once that break is over.
There's a greate quote from Teahouse of the August Moon, “I'm making peace with myself somewhere between my ambitions and my limitations. It's a step backward in the right direction.” has a simple quiz that helps you conduct your own personal audit. Take the quiz and see if you are haphazardly sabotaging your happiness and productivity.

Instructions: for each true statement, give yourself 1 point.

  1. I don't regularly get at least 7-8 hours of sleep and/or I often wake up feeling tired.
  2. I frequently skip breakfast, or I settle for something that isn't particularly healthy.
  3. I don't do cardiovascular training at least three times a week, and strength training at least twice a week.
  4. I don't take regular breaks during the day to renew and recharge.
  5. I often eat lunch at my desk, if I eat lunch at all.
  1. I frequently find myself feeling irritable, impatient or anxious at work, especially when demand is high.
  2. I don't have enough time with my family and loves ones, and when I'm with them, I'm not always really with them.
  3. I take too little time for the activities that I most deeply enjoy.
  4. I rarely stop to express my appreciation to others or to savor and celebrate my accomplishments and blessings.
  5. I often feel that my life is just a relentless set of demands I'm expected to meet and tasks I have to complete.
  1. I have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time and I am easily distracted during the day, especially by email.
  2. I spend much of my time reacting to immediate demands rather than focusing on activities with longer-term value and leverage.
  3. I don't take enough time for reflection, strategizing and thinking creatively.
  4. I rarely have any time when my mind is quiet and free of thoughts.
  5. I often work on evening and weekends and/or I rarely take an email-free vacation.
  1. I don't feel passionately committed to what I do.
  2. I spend too little time at work doing what I do best and enjoy most.
  3. There are significant gaps between what I say is important in my life and how I actually live.
  4. My decisions at work are often more influenced by external demands than by a strong, clear sense of my own purpose.
  5. I don't invest enough time and energy in making a positive difference to others and/or in the world.

Tally up the total and see where you lie:

  • 17-20 Full out energy crisis
  • 13-16 Imminent energy crisis
  • 9-12 Significant energy deficit
  • 5-8 Moderate energy deficit
  • Below 5 Fully Energized

Are you satisfied with your score?

If your habits are undermining your satisfaction, why have you allowed that?