Work-Life Balance: The Busy Badge
“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” list.” -Michelle Obama
When did everyone start wearing “busyness” like a badge of honour? Do you remember the last time you asked someone how they were doing, and the word “busy” wasn’t part of the answer? Is this something we should be proud of or concerned about?
People are too busy for many different reasons. Some are overwhelmed by a job that constantly asks them to do more in less time. Some believe that being “busy” all the time equates to being a better employee. Work can be competitive, and we have to keep on our toes to keep our jobs, right? For some, a lack of organization can waste a lot of time and productivity. Where do you fit in?
If you are feeling overwhelmed, frantically working through lunches, and constantly feeling like you can’t keep up (you know who you are!), it might be time to evaluate the effect this has on a) your physical and mental health, b) your relationships, and even, c) your actual productivity. Then, ask if it’s time to step back and look at the root causes of your constant scramble. Is it time to: Get that calendar under control? Say “no” to joining another committee? Ask for help with the irritating new database system?
One excellent first step to creating a healthy work-life balance can involve becoming more mindful. A few times throughout the day, see if you can bring yourself to the present, rather than dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. Here is a simple grounding exercise that can provide relief and perspective when you are stressed, and help you evaluate your priorities more clearly.
- Take 5 slow deep breaths into your belly (watch it expand), and exhale slowly and fully.
- Then engage your 5 senses, one at a time. What can you see around you? What can you feel? Hear? Smell? Taste?
- Now, notice what your body is telling you. Does it need a break? Water? Sleep? Exercise?
Stay tuned for next week, for a further discussion of work-life balance.
A two-hour workshop on creating work-life balance will be available free of charge from 2:00-4:00 pm on January 29th, at 400 Queen St. W.
Please call 519-743-6333 to sign up!