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Holidays: What They Teach us: Work-life Balance: Do you Have a Plan?

Hello from Dr. Lentz

A very happy holidays to all of us her a to all of our fans and followers.  We hope you are happy and healthy and living your best life. *Smiles*

This time of year is a fabulous opportunity to think about where we are and where we want to go.  As life swishes around us, many of my students and clients find challenge in being overwhelmed with so much to do and so little time to do it.  They often ask for strategies regarding how to deal with such chaos.  Our goal is to thrive during the holidays, not just survive.

The ironic perception is that we all have the same amount of time; the same 24 hours in a day.  The challenge is how do we CHOOSE to spend them (instead of merely reacting).  Leadership is about leading others; we, however have to lead ourselves first. Is our strategy to simply react to whatever happens in the course of a day or do we first plan our work, then work our plan? Work-life balance can be achieved, AND it takes time and planning; work-life balance doesn’t just happen.

Let’ think about our SMART goals.  Goals must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.  We all KNOW this strategy.  The question is whether we USE this strategy.

Sometimes we have to slow down to go faster.  This means that we need to take the time to organize. We need to sit in a quiet spot with our calendars and our To Do Lists and be our own project managers. Take the time to plan your work schedule, plan your school schedule, plan your family schedule, and yes–plan your social calendar too.  When you PLAN everything, you can find balance.  The challenge is ensuring however that you only put 5lbs into a 5 lb bag and not over tax or over plan the system. YOU MUST PLAN REST AND SLEEP as part of this as well.

Will this plan happen EXACTLY? Nope.  BUT, those WITH a plan have a higher probability of meeting their SMART goals than those who don’t.  Do you have a plan?

Work-life balance is about choice.  Work-life balance is about leadership.  Work-life balance is about you.  What decisions will you make this year, this time? Do you lead or follow? Its ALL up to you.

I wish you peace and harmony.  Breathe.  Plan.  Enjoy.

Dr. Cheryl Lentz
The Academic Entreprenuer

November 27th, 2018 by admin