Many high energy people thrive on a go, go, go lifestyle and feel a sense of accomplishment by remaining constantly busy. For those of us that choose to mimic the Energizer Bunny, hearing about work-life balance bores us and might even make us a little upset at those that insist we need it. After all, if we needed it, we would do it because our lifestyle is all about making things happen in our daily routine.
If this is the choice we make for our careers, there are ways to make it a little less stressful, hectic, and efficient.
First, we should ask ourselves what happens on a daily basis. Looking at our own scheduling and organization is probably one of the most important things we can do to maximize our time. We must ask ourselves if we have scheduled too much in a day, not allowing ourselves time to breathe or collect our thoughts and we need to look at where we are spending the most time and if it makes sense.
Next, checking to make sure we haven’t signed on to do too much helps to ensure a successful outcome. If we take on too much, we can’t devote the time and energy needed to the right things. One task may only get 25% of our time and another project may get 50%. If this is the constant, then we really should be asking ourselves what we’re putting out and if that’s really okay. After all, we want to be known for our successful completion of projects and launches instead of putting out a sub-par product.
Lastly, are there things that can be automated or given to an assistant? Do we need an assistant? Automation and/or delegation are a quick way to free up our time to devote to more impactful and significant undertakings.
These three tips are meant to get us started. Most people need a long-term plan, which can be found in such books as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As busy professionals, just changing the way we use our time can have a profound effect on how successful we are in accomplishing the things we need to get done. This is especially true for people with jam-packed schedules trying to save a few minutes to break-even or get ahead on the next thing vying for our time.