Creating a Blueprint for Work-life Balance

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in blog | Comments Off on Creating a Blueprint for Work-life Balance

“When you work, work, and when you play, play. Don’t get the two mixed up!”

–Tangela Davis

Is this you or can you relate to the following scenario? “You rise early in the morning, no later than 6:00 am, drink 2-3 cups of coffee before you start your day, work hard all day including skipping lunch, maybe tell yourself you are going to spend time with family and will arrive home at a reasonable hour; however, you end up working later or taking work home with you and sometimes working into the wee hours.” This becoming more and more common as people struggle to find a healthy balance in their lives. Often time greater pressures are on women, who work full-time building a career or business, still expected to cook, clean and somehow cater to her family’s needs. In the mix, you lose sight of taking care of yourself. Let me assure you, there is a better way and there are people who have achieved optimum balance in their daily lives.

Let me share a story with you…Let’s take John and Jennifer who have been married for 15 years with two kids. Jennifer started her own business six years ago (a technology business). This family takes annual vacations. At least six weeks off for fun every year. John and Jennifer had parents with strong values that influenced their habits growing up. An important value they learned was “If you are going to a job, do it to the best of your ability.” Another strong value learned was saving and investing. By the time they were married, they both had a savings plan in place and they were able to maximize their join savings plan. At work, Jennifer has a first-class executive assistant who allows her to focus on what she does best. She does not get caught up in unnecessary paperwork and rises early to kick-off her day. She rarely arrives home later than 6pm. At the beginning of the year Jennifer and John sit down and plan their personal and family goals. This includes scheduling time for vacation and mini-breaks. Twice a year Jennifer enjoys a long weekend away with her Mastermind Group to enjoy skiing.

Here is the million dollar question, “Do you enjoy a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, doing work that you love, and that gives you an excellent financial return and allows you to have significant time off to pursue your other interest? The answer is either “Yes” or “No.”

If your answer is “No”, let me introduce you to the B-ALERT System by Jack Canfield. If you check the dictionary for the work alert it reads “At the ready, mindful, using intelligence, on guard, conscious, and prepared.” Being at the ready every day and using intelligence will keep you mindful of your priorities and your state of balance. When you are truly alert you are more conscious of what is going on. Now what is the opposite of alert? Mindless, unprepared, unconscious off-guard and stupid! If you had a choice, which side of the scale would you like to sit on? For the next few blog series, I will present a blueprint that successful leaders use to maximize their time, resources in order to achieve the lifestyle they desire!

“Every well-built house started with a define plan in the form of blueprints.”

–Napoleon Hill

About the Author.

Tangela M. Davis, MBA is a leadership expert, professional speaker, coach and author of the increasing demand for the book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Avoiding Costly and Dumb Business Mistakes and flagship program Building a Triple “A” Effect Organization. She has been interviewed by NPR and published in countless business journals and magazines. Tangela has launched numerous leadership programs, coaching executives and leaders for the last 20 years in the government, corporate and small business marketplace. Having been involved in many mergers and acquisitions, she is an industry expert on change leadership. Always passionate and eager to share her knowledge and experience, Tangela is available for Conference Keynotes, Break-out Sessions and Seminars. She can be reached at tangela@tangelaspeaks.com.