Is your 2018 going to be more about Boundaries & Balance or Hustle?
I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday (and the fact that I was out with a friend on Jan 3rd will give you an indication of which direction I’m going in this year!) about how important it is that we set and communicate boundaries around how we want to work.
Whether you’re an employee or running your own business, no-one else can do this for you. You need to decide what kind of work/life balance you want to have.
If you have a team, as a leader, you decide the work culture that your team will have. If you take a people first approach where you respect that other people have lives and priorities outside of work, you will get much more from your team.
If you work for yourself, you’ll find that if you allow yourself time for pleasure and joy in your life as well as focused time your business, you’ll achieve much more. Treat yourself in the same way that you would want someone else to treat you at work.
I’m not a fan of the hustle mentality. I think it works for some people, but only a few. The reality is, that when we work too long, without taking time out for the things we enjoy, we end up burnt out and unproductive.
It is possible to achieve a lot in a short period of time with focused action on the right activities. Work smarter, not longer.
Follow the principles of 80/20. Do the 20% that delivers 80% of the results.
Having been on the wrong side of the burnout cycle before, I know how damaging it can be. Particularly if you have other commitments in your life that need looking after.
When we are overworked and stressed, we get tunnel vision. We make mistakes, and often we don’t get the results that we are looking for.
- Figure out what’s working and do more of that.
- Try to find the fun in your business or at work and do more of that.
- Work to your strengths, rather than forcing yourself to do things that you’re not great at.
- Simplify. Find the simplest and easiest way to achieve your goals and do that.
And if what you are doing isn’t working? Stop doing it. We spend far too much time doing things that don’t serve us or our goals effectively.
Decide that in 2018 you are going to work smarter AND have a life that you enjoy – rather than making your work the sole focus.
You CAN decide which direction your life and your work are going to take if you allow yourself to figure out what is going to serve you best.