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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 Technology

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

2007 was the year when everything changed. The release of the first iPhone set in motion such significant technological progress that we couldn’t have possibly been ready. From maps to music to videos and work-life balance, we’ve all enjoyed the way that smart phones have seamlessly incorporated themselves into our lives.

We’ve integrated every innovation without really questioning the impact. Sure, there are media fasts and even apps that put you on a digital diet, but one thing not enough people seem to be worried about is the new generation of children who were born after 2007. Facebook just turned ten years old, and many of our children’s lives will have been documented online from the beginning.

Having kids of my own, I tend to contemplate this quite a bit, but this weekend, especially, I was struck by the level of priority we give technology. My family had a birthday celebration this weekend, and after dinner, we all sat around the living room to talk. The problem? Every person in the room, from the toddler to the adults, was on their cell phones and tablets. We didn’t play games, listen to music or create conversations without these things for inspiration. From placating a baby with our phones, to buying our children tablets to appease their boredom, every kid will forever have a childhood that constantly involves screens, and I have to question whether or not this is good.

I’m not trying to be doom and gloom about this. In many ways, technology is a great thing that encourages learning and opens communication. And it’s not too terribly different from a television or a video game.

Except that before 2007, you couldn’t easily carry your TV with you, and even if you could, it was a shared experience. Cell phones are highly portable and exclusive; if you’re on Facebook or playing Candy Crush, no one else in the room is part of that technological experience. Could this make our children socially awkward or unlikely to engage?

And what about playing outside using only imagination? Will this soon be a distant memory? Will our children only be entertained by what we give them rather than what they create? What kind of society will come from children lacking inventiveness? And what about reading and writing? Yes, our kids know more with technology, but are they better thinkers?

Recent research from AVG Technologies shows that by the age of 3-5, more children are able play a computer game (66 percent) or navigate a smartphone (47 percent) than tie their shoes (14 percent).

As a parent, and as a person, I have to wonder if this is okay. Technology is here to stay, and we’re all grateful for how much easier it’s made our lives, but it’s our job to contemplate the impact these devices are having on our future both in the personal and global level. Are we raising better citizens, workers, and family members or are we raising selfish, socially awkward, unimaginative ones?

 

Tips On How To Help A Child Who Is A Cyber-bully

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

Mentioned below are a few tips for parents on how to deal with a child who engages in cyber-bullying:

Teach your child about the impact of cyber-bullying: Seek advice from a professional such as a business keynote speaker in that area as children mostly can’t really grasp the extent of the damage that bullying causes. It is your responsibility to educate them about the affects cyber-bullying can have on others. Try cultivating empathy in your child by giving them a glimpse of what the victims of bullying actually go through. Moreover, warn them about the legal ramifications of cyber-bullying so that they may refrain from doing it again.

You need to educate your children about the impact cyber-bullying has on the victims!

You need to educate your children about
the impact cyber-bullying has on the victims!

Help your child find proper ways to deal with stress: Cyber-bullying can be a channel of release for some kids. Talk to a business keynote speaker as he/she can assist you with tools that can help to dispel their anxiety, stress, fears and frustrations. In order for them to stop resorting to bullying for release, you need to teach your children to cope with their emotions through decent and healthy ways. For instance, get them in the habit of regularly engaging in physical activity or help them be more social etc.

Decrease their access to technology: Establish some fixed timing in which your child is allowed to use the phone or use the computer. Plus make it known that their activities on both will be monitored and that if you end up finding out anything suspicious, they will be punished accordingly!

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Make Your Own Path to Freedom

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

If the main roads don’t feel right, veer off the beaten path and find your way.

If the main roads don’t feel right,
veer off the beaten path and find your way.

Sometimes when you’re facing a fork in the road, neither one seems to fit. You could just try the most popular way, or take the road less traveled. A third choice, one that’s often overlooked is to just make your own path.

Even if no one has ever taken the way you want to travel, you can take your chances if it feels right to you. It may be a little more difficult to be the pioneer in something, but you’ll probably at least be remembered for being your own person.

If it weren’t for people willing to make their own way in the world, most of the things people have today wouldn’t be around. It took someone with a wild, out-of-the-ordinary idea to create much of the technology that is available. Others may have even laughed at first, but now these are the people to thank.

Additionally, many groups of people would still be without the freedoms that people hold so dear if others, generations ago, weren’t willing to take a stand. As the world evolves, people who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe, no matter how unpopular that view may be, are the ones who shape the future.

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