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Work Life Balance Wisdom

Work-Life Logo- Tricia MalloyIn our virtually 24/7 connected world there are very few people who are fully satisfied with their work life balance. I usually find myself racing from one task to another. I don’t take the time to relish the feeling of accomplishment.  Often my mind is usually on the next task to be done rather than being present to the opportunities to enjoy the task at hand.  I recently connected with author and speaker Tricia Molloy. I asked her to share with me her wisdom on the topic of work life balance for my own learning and to share with our blog community.  Here are seven strategies she shared.

Stressed Out? Stop Managing Time

Time ManagementDo you find yourself running at an even more frenzied pace during the holiday season? I do.  So, as I looked at my bottomless to-do list and deadlines fast approaching, I wondered how I could better manage my time.  I had an epiphany. I realized that our obsession with managing time has actually resulted in time managing us.  I realized that my perspective that I am time-starved is actually stopping me from being effective as a leader at work and at home.

Many of us are stuck in a perspective that how we manage our time determines how effectively we lead or how effectively we live our lives.  Here’s what we’re missing.

Forget Work Life Balance: Seven Paradigm Shifts for The New 24/7 Normal

work-life-balance-puzzleIs the work life juggle driving you insane?  The reality of life is that we have a “new normal”. Five trends create this new normal:

  •  Technology enables us to be always connected
  •  There are fewer people needing to do more work
  • The speed of information flow globally demands 24/7 responsiveness
  • The speed of change is more than we can keep up with
  • The need to be “on” as new competitors emerge from unlikely places

I am a big fan of Albert Einstein. One of my favorite quotes is “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  If the way we’re working doesn’t work, we need to shift our paradigms about work. Otherwise, we risk burning ourselves out. Organizations risk employees who are stressed out, run out of creative fuel, and disengage.

So, how do we find a way to not just survive, but thrive in this new normal?  These trends demand an evolution in how we manage ourselves, and how organizations create cultures, rewards, and structures to help this evolution. Here are the new rules: