Note: The following post was written by Taylor W. Wells, Communications Director for On The Mark Strategies.
As we head into the last days of the NCAA college basketball tournament, millions of people across the country filled out brackets trying to predict which college basketball teams will advance to the championship game. Terms like Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four and the inevitable
“Cinderella Story” team abound.
When filling out their brackets, people put a lot of thought into who they think had the best chance of winning. If the important aspects of your personal and business life had brackets, what might they say? In other words, if you had to pair off two events, situations, goals, etc., which would
move on and which would fall?
Think about the important things in your life, like your spouse, your children, your job, your social life. They all teem with stakes on the limited time we all have each day. How do you rank yours?
Finding this balance between work and personal is not as complicated as a bracket. Good planning and time management can help you avoid tricky situations, like choosing between a child’s softball game and working on reports till midnight. Other steps that can help you find this balance include:
- Include downtime in your daily schedule. We often start our work days with a “to do” list, plotting the details of our time allotment. Do the same with your personal life and proactively include time for those important elements.
- Work on your organization skills. You’ve probably heard people say “work harder, not smarter,” or “lift with your mind, not your back.” Both are good ideas. By delegating tasks, keeping up with obligations and managing your schedule realistically, you can help set a better blend between work and personal.
- Remain flexible. In a world of pressing demands and deadlines, flexibility is key. Don’t allow yourself to get in a rut or too set in a particular schedule. Find ways to negotiate internally between work and personal duties. Being too rigid will only hurt both aspects of your life.
After many years of filling out March Madness brackets, about the only tried-and-true thing I’ve learned is that my prediction sheets are riddled full of holes by day two. But that’s half the fun of making brackets. The square-off between two teams, or two demands on your time, are equally difficult to predict. By applying a few simple steps like the ones above, however, we can get a step or two closer to that championship game status, at home and in the office.