Part 5: Share Your Success!
GOOD FOR YOU! You created Work – Family Balance in just 5 short weeks! Actually, you created many moments of balance possibly surrounded by a few moments of:
Am I right? But, if you had even one moment where you glimpsed the possibility of more Work – Family Balance, you deserve a BIG pat on the back.
That moment might not have happened without your commitment.
By the way, If you haven’t had a chance to do Part’s 1 through 4 of this program, please take a look (5 Essential Tools Make Work Family Balance Easy: A 5 Part Series) and then come on back armed with lots to celebrate!
Last week you identified your unique recipe for Work – Family Balance.
How did it turn out? Was it absolutely delicious?
If you are like most of us, you probably have some small adjustments to make:
• Maybe you need to add another secret ingredient?
• Perhaps you have to break the recipe into smaller steps?
• Could it be that you need some help in the kitchen?
Remember, Work – Family Balance is a process.
We are never “done” achieving greater balance. We are simply playing with the recipe and celebrating, as we go.
If you notice that you are out of Balance, go back to the basics.
Work – Family Balance is created when:
1. We are able to be present in our lives at work and at home, and not overly distracted.
2. We have a healthy body and clear mind that is able to be efficient as opposed to overwhelmed.
3. We have a support system and nurturing relationships with the people in our lives.
4. We know ourselves.
So, let’s take a moment to discover what worked and what you would like to change this coming week.
Remember your recipe?
Here are your ingredients – fill in the blanks with new ideas or find your answers from Part 4 - The Best Recipe For Work – Family Balance.
I have written some sample answers, to give you an idea of how this works. Go ahead and replace my answers with your own answers and remember to have fun.
1. THINKING THAT BENEFITS YOU AT WORK AND AT HOME:
I can take the following actions to create more time to think at work and with my family: When I stop responding under pressure and count to 5 instead.
What worked for me was: I was calmer when my daughter asked me for dessert over and over again.
One small change I intend to make for better results: Count to 10!
2. MOVEMENT THAT LIGHTS A FIRE UNDER YOUR PURPOSES AND GOALS
I can take the following actions to create more physical movement in my life, at work and with my family: Walk the kids to school and take the stairs at work.
What worked for me: This didn’t work. I was always too late to do either.
One small change I intend to make for better results: Add 10 minutes to every task so that I have more time in my day.
3. CONNECTING THAT BRINGS YOU CLOSER TO FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS
I can take the following actions to connect more with others and myself: Ask a co-worker or mom from school, to lunch.
What worked for me: Had a great lunch with a mom and learned we have a lot in common!
One small change I intend to make for better results: Instead of lunch, make a plan to take a walk with someone and get coffee. That helps with my health goals too.
4. DASH OF HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU?
I can take the following actions to create more presence, movement and connection in my life, at work and with my family by: Incorporate exercise into my goal to connect with others and take 1 additional walk this week.
5. YOUR SECRET INGREDIENT (Remember, only YOU know what it is):
I know that if I take this one action, I will begin to see results in my experience of work – family balance: Practice saying no just a little more often.
I would love to hear from you. Please give me your feedback on this article series and let me know how this process worked for you and what your results have been!
Remember, creating Work – Family Balance is a process. The more you work on it, the more you will experience the Balance that you are working towards.
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