Bruce A. Thomas Coaching, LLC values are summarized in my “G.A.M.E.P.L.A.N." for a victorious life. The “M” represents “Manage A Balanced Life...Embrace the Day!”
Everyone struggles with life management now and again. And, in our many roles at home, work, and our community, it can be even challenging to maintain balance or to keep your day on schedule. However, one thing is for sure. You are in control; you have the power to take back control of your calendar; and you can balance and make the most of your day. Here are some tips to help you get started.
FIRST AND ALWAYS, SPEND TIME AT GOD’S FEET
There is a Bible story in Luke 10:38-42 when our Lord Jesus Christ says “Mary has chosen the better part." Please read that story when you have a chance as it confirms the best way to spend our time.
We have much to learn in making wise decisions on the use and value of our time. But are we willing to learn? Make no mistake about it, your “time” spent in prayer, meditation, and communication with the Lord will produce eternal fruit that will last through the ages!
Often, we tend to plan and work within the confines of individual tasks, as opposed to overall projects or goals. As a result, we get caught up in a stressful attempt to complete X number of items each day rather than considering the bigger picture in order to produce thoughtful, effective work.
At the beginning of every week and before your start each day, write down the most important tasks you need to complete, including any that have hard deadlines. Then, use a ranking system to determine which items must be completed, as well as those that contribute to the overall goal and could be quick wins for you and others.
MAXIMIZE YOUR MOMENTUM
Personally, I’m at my very best in the mornings, but I recognize that others peak in the afternoon. Although every workplace operates within a specific set of business hours and we must strive to always give our best; the reality is not every employee is productive at the same time. While it’s not always possible to set your own hours, or choose when meetings occur, it’s important to be aware of your most productive hours and take advantage whenever possible.
Think about your energy level across a given workday. If you tend to be at your best in the morning, then start each day by tackling large or important tasks first – perhaps even before you begin checking emails. And, if your effectiveness tends to ramp up later in the day, block out chunks of time on your calendar that are reserved exclusively for work on particular tasks.
BENEFIT FROM LIFE BALANCE
Many people refer to “work/life balance.” That term drives me crazy. After all, isn’t work a part of life? And, so is family, recreation, exercise, etc. Balance is personal and unique to each individual - what may be satisfying or balanced for some may be stressful or boring for others. It’s vital to have an awareness of balance and plan a life that is more satisfying and closer to your definition of balance. It also helps clarify priorities for goal-setting.
With that stated, remember to make time for yourself each day. It’s just as vital to allot time on your calendar to relax and recharge as it is to schedule your productivity; in fact, taking brief breaks can increase productivity. Regularly take small breaks away from your desk – go for a short walk, socialize, read, or make a personal phone call. And take a lunch break every day, whether or not you think you have time. Stopping for even a moment to take some deep breaths and reset between tasks can boost your energy and focus.
For more on how you can better manage your day or to receive support, contact Bruce A Thomas Coaching LLC via phone or email to schedule a coaching session.