x) Getting Balance Right In Your Life

Getting the balance right in your life is about prioritising. Remember: the "wheel of success" involves getting the correct balance between work, family, ethics/values, health, self-development, social activities, etc. If the wheel of success isn't balanced, it will surely wobble badly, then fall off!!!!

. Life balance can be explained by the following components of self, family, job and community, eg

Self

Job

Family

Community

Of the 4 components, self is the most important and needs the most focus. To be successful, you need to have a good understanding of self and continue to develop it (including health). Then, and only then, can you effectively handle the other components. At different times in your life, one component will be more dominant than others, eg starting a new job could result in an imbalance due to a significant focus on the job component.

NB With increasing use computers and TV, we have become more sedentary (Sam McKeith, 2010). This has increased the risk of mortality regardless of other risks factors like smoking, poor diet, high blood pressure and obesity.

A good example of lack of a life balance are the "leave hoarders or stockpilers". In Australia they are typically male, over 35, a high-income earner, long-serving employee and manage staff. There are 5 types of leave stockpilers (Rachel Nickless, 2010):

i) saver (planning and saving for a big trip)

ii) martyr (believes that the world will fall apart if they are not at work too manage things)

iii) workaholic (are addicted to their jobs)

iv) worrier (thinks stockpiled leave is an insurance policy if they lose their job)

v) victim (feel a lack of management support for them taking leave)

Taking leave is important for rest and recreation, ie "recharging our batteries"

Once self is handled, then, and only then, can you effectively handle the other components. At different times in your life, one component will be more dominant than others, eg starting a new job could result in an imbalance due to a significant focus on the job component.

Balance suggests that you have a wide variety of interests and that your personal and professional goals are aligned. If the balance is right

"...this creates a reservoir of continual emotional energy - an endearing high-performance is not so much about time management as it is about the skilful management of emotional energy. Every one of your thoughts, emotions and behaviours has an impact on your level of emotional capital - your energy. And physical and emotional capital are inextricably connected. You maximize your emotional capital by making sure that all the important areas of your life get the attention they deserve..."

Martyn Newman, 2007

 

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