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The Importance of Work-Life Balance for Increased Workplace Productivity

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

Work-Life balance is one of the most discussed subjects of 2014. Some say it is impossible, and some say it’s vital to the success of a business. Regardless, the first step to achieving it, is to understand what it is and how it helps.

What Is It Work-life balance is basically the positive relationship between work and other equally important activities in life which include family leisure, etc. The relationship can’t be clearly defined and varies from person to person according to their life demands. It’s important to notice the word, “relationship,” meaning that this is not a contest or a scale we must balance.

It’s an interaction of ideas that satisfie the needs in your individual life. Work and Life are not separate spheres. They are integrated moments in life that happen throughout the day.  Also, the concept of work-life balance is not just associated with women or busy executives. It’s a process applicable to everyone to increase the level of employee workplace productivity and motivation.

Benefits to Employees and Employers When you increase a person’s satisfaction level, they will benefit mentally and physically, which will, in turn, cause the culture of your business of to improve. Some examples include:

  • The individual is better responsive and can easily work in their paid work as well applying themselves fully to other aspects of their life like family commitments.
  • The self-esteem increases as well a health and other related aspects of one’s character like loyalty
  • The employee gets full control of their working life and can adapt better to any changes
  • The balance makes everyone at home happy and everyone at work happy
  • Employee-Employer relations will most likely improve
  • Turnover rates decrease while productivity increases
  • Employees are more likely to take a job that offers less money if there work-life balance is increased
  • Less sick days

Work-life balance can increase the productivity in the workplace and improve the work environment in general. To bring this change to your business, contact Andy Core for more information. To learn more on Andy’s programs 

 

Get Out, Have Fun, Be Happy… But be Prepared!

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All last week I was running from fast approaching deadlines. After frantically typing on my computer hours on end, I finally reached a stopping point. I got up from my desk and headed into the other room for something. But only steps from my office- I stopped. What had I gotten up for? After a few moments of standing like a deer in headlights, I gave up and returned to my desk. However, I could not concentrate. The fact that in less than ten seconds my mind wandered off so far that it could not find its way back was bothering me. Before I could say “how could this happen,” I looked down at my desk. Spread out In front of me were three completely different projects, at my right was two full page “to do” lists and in the distance a radio was playing, dogs were barking and there was a maddening banging next door as my neighbors were getting their house re-roofed. My mind was cluttered with all that I was doing, as well as pressured with all that I needed to be doing. It was no wonder the smallest additional distraction could cause a mini mental meltdown. I needed a break.

My favorite break is to spend a little time hiking, biking or running on a trail with mother nature. As a professional speaker on work/life balance, stress and wellness, I live what I present.  Even when traveling and Keynoting for corporation and association meetings and conventions, I will search out local trails.

On the trail, when the conditions are right, I feel like I am moving through the woods like a predator on the hunt. When the conditions are right, Mother Nature’s sights, sounds and smells can force me to hum the soundtrack to “What A Wonderful Life.” When the conditions are right, even dodging my way through the strollers and skaters at the local park can be the best part of a good day. However, if the conditions are not right, time on the trail can quickly go from energizing and fun to frustrating and painful.

Last year, preparing for my usual Wednesday trail run, a cool breeze persuaded me to wear my favorite cotton pullover. Now cozy warm, I started down the trail on this beautiful, brisk fall afternoon and I felt totally energized. What I did not know was that this was as fun as this run would get. Only five minutes into the run I started warming up and realized I had made a typical early fall mistake. I overdressed. I pulled off the pullover and tied it to around my waist. But as soon as I started cooling off it started to sprinkle. This sprinkle quickly turned into the perfect storm. In moments, endless sheets of rain left me soaked and very cold. In an attempt to stay warm I put my pullover back on. The upside of this was I felt a little warmer, but the downside was the rain quickly enlarged this cotton garment to the size of a small circus tent. My shoes, now also soaked, started feeling a little “floppy.” This floppiness allowed my feet to move around in my shoes, which was producing a loud squeak with each step. This squeaking soon was joined by a burning sensation as blisters started to form on my heels and toes. As I limped back to the car, flopping, squeaking and trying not to step on my now six-foot sleeves, I felt like a demented trail running Bozo the Clown.

Being prepared for outdoor activity is only smart. Below are two simple, achievable actions that will help you be better prepared so you can get the most from your time with Mother Nature.

Step 1: Check the weather
I don’t know about your part of the world, but in Arkansas the weather can change quickly, especially in the spring and fall. With advances in technology and the Internet you can get up to the minute forecasts. I point my browser to my favorite weather site: http://www.wunderground.com.

Step 2: Wear “Wicking” Base Layer Clothing
The type of clothing you need can vary depending on the weather. However, wearing good base layer clothing is one thing that will help you no matter what the conditions. Base layer clothing is whatever you wear that is in direct contact with your skin; including shirts, underwear, shorts, socks, etc. Technology has helped us here as well. New man-made fabrics, such as Cool-Max and other performance fabrics, are fantastic for outdoor activities because they are very light, comfortable and retain their shape when wet. But the most important function of these fabrics is that they move (wick) sweat away from your body to the surface of the material where it can evaporate. Wicking moisture away from your skin will help your body better regulate its temperature in either hot or cold climates, reduce your chance of blisters and chaffing and increase your enjoyment immensely.

The next time your mind becomes cluttered with the responsibilities of daily life, be prepared, GET OUT! and let Mother Nature take the pain away.

 

Want Motivation? Do this.

Someone busier than you is exercising right now.

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

Motivation, work-life balance, productivity and stress management all have a common denominator. Exercise.

Researchers at Harvard Business Review found that integrating your work and your life will be easier if exercise is a consistent factor in your life. The better you feel about your work-life balance, the more motivated and productive you will be, which will therefore decrease your stress levels.

It’s a simple answer to your complicated life. Prioritize exercise on a regular basis. Don’t schlef it off and avoid it because you feel overwhelmed or lazy, do it because you feel that way. This one daily habit will change your entire life for the better.

And I’m not asking you to do Crossfit everyday or train for a marathon. Simply choose an exercise you enjoy like yoga or walking, join an intramural team or find a podcast to lead you. The solution is simple. The change is up to you.

 

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Embrace Stress and Increase Your Productivity in the Workplace

Embracing stress and putting that energy to work can increase productivity in the workplace.

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

We’ve all been there; a deadline is looming and we have done very little work on the project. Our productivity in the workplace has been lacking. Panic begins to set in; our stomach churns, our mouth feels dry and we begin to sweat. All too often, a person will shut down once these symptoms set in, but in doing so they miss an excellent opportunity.

Do Not Fear Stress

When we feel stressed, it is because we know that we are being pushed to our limit. This is a good thing; once we reach our limit, we have the opportunity to develop further and improve our abilities. The worst thing that we can do, when we feel stressed, is give up, because once we do that, we are rejecting an opportunity to showcase our talents and really push ourselves and increase our productivity in the workplace.

Too Much Comfort Is Counterproductive

It can be painful to push ourselves, and it is very tempting to settle back into our comfort zone and coast through work. However, in doing so we miss the buzz of improvement, the thrill that personal development gives us. If you have a deadline coming up, don’t take the easy way out. Rather, push through the pain barrier, work long hours and complete the job. Proving to yourself that you can do it will give you the confidence you need to fulfill your potential.

Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by stress; embrace it, extend yourself and feel the glow of satisfaction. Your productivity in the workplace will improve and you can look forward to the next challenge.

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Maximize Productivity in the Workplace: Three Ways to Reduce Stress

Combat stress to increase productivity in the workplace

Try these three methods to combat stress and increase your productivity in the workplace.

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

When we are stressed, everything seems to be a massive task and our productivity in the workplace suffers. It is very easy to overestimate the amount of work that we have to do, and panic about whether or not we can complete the job in time. We get into a vicious circle, with the result that we don’t get anything done. Clearly, this is an undesirable situation. If you feel as though the stresses of work are getting to be too much, consider these three ways to relax yourself.

Breathe

It sounds simple, but the best thing you can do is concentrate on your breathing; breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Focusing on your breathing will take your mind off the task and allow you to reassess what you have to do, and you will feel far more relaxed. Regulate your breathing for a few minutes and you will soon be able to put things back into perspective.

Talk

When we bottle up our stresses, they become increasingly difficult to deal with. Our productivity in the workplace suffers and that can make us feel even more stressed. Sometimes, we just need to let it all out and talk to somebody. Search out the counselor within your workplace or, if there isn’t one, a close friend to have a chat with. You will hopefully find that the weight on your shoulders is lifted and will be able to focus on your work once again.

Walk

We often get into a little bubble when we are working, and within the bubble, everything seems to be hyper-pressured. Pop the bubble and go for a walk. Whether you wander to get a coffee, or have a stroll around the block, you will find that the break from your workstation will do you a world of good.

Don’t allow yourself to be overcome by the stresses of work; breathe, talk and walk your way to a more state of mind where you can regain your productivity in the workplace.

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