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Work-Life Balance | Put Life First to Make Work Possible

Time ManagementThere are plenty of articles out there that explain how to achieve work-life balance. Many of them tell you to download an app to manage your time or work for a company that allows you to work remotely, and while advice like this might be helpful, it’s also missing the point.

Because most of the time technology won’t fix the problem. Technology is the problem.

We’re overwhelmed, discouraged and frazzled because we’re too connected to work, not because you don’t have the latest smart phone.

To continue this point, here are five pieces of advice that can simplify and therefore balance your life.

Prioritize your relationships as much as you do your career. 

There are too many occasions throughout our life that we value our job over our relationships. Yes, we all need to work to make a living, and many of us feel respected because of our career, but life should be about who we love and how well we love them. Not how we earn money.

Studies show that the happier we are from our relationships, the more happy and motivated we’ll be at work. This means, when you’re at home, be truly present. Don’t half listen or complain. Appreciate the people who’re around you. Taking a walk with your spouse can strengthen your relationship in a powerful way. Not only is the exercise good for you and your productivity level, but the habit of taking a daily walk with your mate allows you invest into each other.

Work less hours.

If you’re working over 50 to 60 hours a week, you need to figure out why. Are you taking on too many responsibilities? Are you managing your time properly at work? Learning to say no and blocking distractions with a closed door or a pair of headphones can do wonders for your productivity. The more you get done at work, the less you have to worry about work while you’re at home. It’s important to make every day geared towards having as much fun as you can. That often means that work shouldn’t be prioritized as much as it is.

Check out this chart that shows the level of productivity rise as the number of hours worked decrease. The more you work, the less you tend to get done.

Get your sleep.

This might seem obvious, but too often people are coming into the office with only a few hours of sleep to support their day. Also, the old school way of thinking that allows for one day of rest each week is so important for a balanced life. Even if you’re overwhelmed or “too busy” take the time to sleep soundly every day, do it anyways because doing so will improve your productivity, your mood and your overall health. Plus, the ability to dream every day improves creativity and allows your brain to rejuvenate.

Unplug.

At some point in the day, most likely when you get home, you should stop using your cell phone and your laptop and enjoy other things. Reading a book, cooking, exercising, watching your favorite sports program or TV show, and managing your household are all good ways to spend your evening away from your cell phone. It’s also extremely important to stop messing with your phone at least an hour before bed in order to get a better nights rest.

Keep your health in mind.

This means keeping the amount of drinking, eating, veging, smoking or whatever habit you may face in check. The healthier you are, the more productive and happy you will be. Make every day about adding those helpful habits that improve your life, and every day you will get a little bit better. We all know what needs to be changed in our life, but most of us are so overwhelmed that we can’t put our energy into change. That’s why we need to make time on a daily basis to invest in our own happiness, health and relationships. Because in the end, those are the things that matter.

 

Questioning Leads to Understanding

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance. 

child questionSome of the greatest minds in the world make a habit of doing the same thing- asking questions. We have a short time on this earth, and if we aren’t constantly curious, then we aren’t truly engaged. With so many viewpoints, cultures and ways of understanding the world, to assume that we have conquered understanding is to severely limit our development.

I try to treat every day as an adventure and appreciate the opportunities I have to explore. I’ve found that this has given me a more meaningful, interesting and fun life.

Especially as I’ve watched my children grow, I have a fresh appreciation for maintaining a childlike sense of wonder. Imagination is the heart of innovation and invention comes from asking questions.

So get in the habit of indulging your curiosity and trying to learn as much as we can to achieve success and know ourselves.

You will never achieve success if you don’t ask questions every step of the way. If you don’t question your actions you won’t know if you are on the right track until it is too late and that could prove to be costly to your ambitions. Questioning your actions and motives will also give you a better understanding of yourself.

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The Secret to Building Relationships

Always be prepared to listen to others

Always be prepared to listen to others

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

One of my first jobs was at a restaurant with lots of different types of people who were extremely animated and outgoing. Working in that environment was intimidating in the beginning because most of the other employees didn’t care that a new person was there.

Rather than trying to compete with all the voices, I found that the best way to be appreciated was to listen. I engaged my new coworkers in conversation and let them talk. I didn’t try to entertain or show off my personality. I just listened, and in no time, I became a person that people wanted to be around.

People like to be heard, and they’ll like you more if you let them.

To better yourself and those around you, listening is required. But listening with the intent to talk is usually counter-productive. If all you’re doing is waiting for your chance to speak, you’re failing to demonstrate that you value what the other person is saying, and you probably aren’t getting the full message behind their words.

By listening and actively engaging in a conversation you can find out valuable information about people and business that will benefit you. Not only that, but the relationship will deepen with every conversation you engage in.

To learn more on Andy’s programs. 

 

Want to Strengthen Relationships? Play.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance. One of the best ways to keep your relationships fresh and vivacious is by taking out time to ‘play’. Playing collectively with your friends, family or partner can bring you and those involved immense joy, give you all a great boost of energy and will help you to develop deeper, more intimate relationships.

Apart from that, play has the ability to heal emotional wounds and eradicate differences previously existent between people. It creates a feeling of security and develops our trust in others. Additionally, play teaches us a bit about teamwork as well, as when playing we learn to work together and cooperate with each other as a team.

Moreover, through play we are able to refine other skills such as verbalization, social skills and body language. Plus we learn to follow rules, as at the beginning of every game, teams usually set a set of rules that are agreed upon mutually. It’s not only children that should benefit from all the advantages that playing has to offer; rather adults need to incorporate play into their daily lives as well. Reason behind it is that, irrespective of what age group one belongs to, play has been shown to improve one’s mental, emotional and physical health.

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Emotional Intelligence- The Two Main Factors That Are Influenced By It!

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

EQ helps you deal with your emotions and helps you form stronger bonds!

EQ helps you deal with your emotions
and helps you form stronger bonds!

To be successful in life your Intelligence quotient or IQ isn’t enough rather it is your emotional intelligence quotient or EQ that really matters. True that your IQ might help you to graduate, but it is your EQ that actually helps you deal with your emotions such as anxiety and stress that you face during your examination period at college. Moreover, EQ is also the type of intellect that equips you with the knowledge about social conduct and makes you socially aware.

Below are two factors that are influenced by emotional intelligence:

One’s physiological health: Emotional Intelligence teaches you how to deal with stress. So individuals who haven’t developed their EQ, have trouble managing stress and this can lead to some severe health conditions. High stress levels have the tendency to deteriorate your whole body. It can increase your blood pressure, damage the immune system, raise your risk of getting a heart attack, can lead to infertility, can accelerate the aging process and can even lead to a stroke. So in order to control your stress levels, you need to work on developing your EQ.

One’s relationships:  EQ equips you with the appropriate knowledge that allows you to articulate yourself adeptly and at the same time makes you empathic as well. This allows you to form stronger and deeper bonds with others.

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