In the workplace, managers are expected to function to the best of their abilities. For obvious reasons, they need to be in tip-top shape. If not, operations and emotions are affected: operations of the office and emotions of the people he’s managing. Obvious as it may seem, lets state it matter of factly that managers need to take care of themselves in order to take care of other people, their team that is, if not the entire company. They need to look out for their own sanity to keep on doing their job well.
Easier said than done …
How do you keep your sanity when all pressure is on you? How do you keep stress levels down when the company’s performance isn’t going the way you forecasted it? How do you stay calm when all your plans are not transforming into reality?
So, where do I buy BALANCE? You ask.
Not New Balance. Work-Life BALANCE!
Sad to say, you can’t buy this off-the-rack. This is something you need to work on. “Another item on my to do list?” You would say! Well … yeah! It’ something you gotta do otherwise it will catch in on you.
Let’s keep it simple. Start with these 5 tips and I’m sure you’ll figure out the rest.
1. Develop your interests in things that are completely outside of work, be it sports or hobby. This is so restorative that you come back fresh and eager to work.
2. Take your weekends seriously. Plan what to do and how to spend it. Make it matter.
3. Let your brain wander. If your body needs to rest, more so your brain. Creative juices flow more freely when you don’t squeeze it too tight.
4. Go out. Fresh air clears your mind and your lungs. Going out clears your vision and makes your concerns suddenly menial.
5. SPEND. This one is quite contrary to most sound financial advisories. But guess what? When you spend for something you want, you get happy hormones. When you spend for something tangible, you get an instant boost. Plus, when you spend a lot: It brings you the very reason why you do need to work! Circle of life.Then you can somehow buy balance off the rack.
Seriously, you may not agree with tip number 5. But, do accept that you need to work on that elusive balance. It won’t happen on its own, nor will it unfold voluntarily before your very eyes. There’s a myriad of things you can adapt to hit the right mark. That’s the mark where you feel you’re not just in order but in the best running condition. Elusive as it may seem but a lot has already found their balance. Why not find yours!