5 Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance

Failure to de-stress can lead to burnout, conflict, and depression. Here are 5 Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance. Start being happier TODAY!

Carol Gignoux, M.Ed

Filed Under: Work-Life Balance, Executive Functioning Weakness, Executive Functioning Deficit

5 Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance

Much is said about how to balance our lives between work and home. We are warned that to avoid burn out, depression and conflicts with our boss and significant other because we seem unable to please both, we need to find a way to regularly de-stress. The truth is that we find many of the common suggestions out there either hard to achieve or too confusing. Some of us have even reached the point of giving up and accepting our fate. We’re doing the best we can.

But are you? After many years of coaching, and watching people succeed and fail, I have developed a recipe for coming up with a plan that fits YOU. The following is a set of steps that are clear, concise and achievable. If you stick to them, you will create a more stress-free life and better work-life balance.

5 Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance
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Step 1: Prioritize.

Write down a list of your top priorities in life. Do not judge any of them right or wrong, good or bad. This is your private list. Rank order them according to importance and value to you. The top third or half will be the non-negotiables. Taken together these priorities make up your true identity. When you are being authentic with yourself, you develop a powerful intrinsic motivation to make things happen.

Step 2: Create a Vision of your Most Desirable Future.

Write this description of your future down and make the necessary time to get it right so you get excited every time you read it. Have it with you and read it a lot, especially in the morning, whenever you’re feeling out of sorts, and before you go to bed at night.

Step 3: Create and write down your most desirable future plan.

Where do you begin – what are the first changes, steps, and improvements you need to make? Order them step by step in a calendar right up to the month and day where you want to manifest your new vision. Don’t worry if your plan is not what you initially thought would work. Adjust it as you go along and whether you meet your deadline or not, you will still get there much quicker than you would without your well thought out plan. Things will go wrong. That’s how we learn. Your job is to not let things throw you off track for very long and to keep going.

Step 4: Find ways to be held accountable to your Most Desirable Future Plan.

Figure out the actions, decisions, and commitments it will take to make your plan a reality. Then team up with a coach, mentor, friend or a reliable fail-proof system, and show you are serious about holding to your plan. You will absolutely need accountability to stay on track. Everyone does.

Step 5: Never, ever give up on your plan or yourself.

The secret is that when you fall off track – which you will for an hour, a day or a week – don’t berate yourself. That chips away at your power and forward momentum. It happens to all of us. So you say: “whatever” or “oh well this happens”. Get back on track and keep going. When you don’t give up on yourself and your future, providence ensures you arrive at your destination no matter how long it takes.

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Make Progress with the Right Executive Function Coach

As one of the 10+ million U.S. adults with ADD, I genuinely understand the challenges of living with ADHD as well as the positive results that can be achieved through coaching. With the help of a great executive functioning skills coach, adult ADHD treatment can change lives. With the right behaviors and coping mechanisms, it’s easier to overcome some of the worst symptoms. Those include distraction, lack of punctuality, untidiness, forgetfulness, failure to meet deadlines, and more.

By practicing these success strategies, performance at work can improve, too. Life at home will become more stable and relaxing. Enrich every important personal relationship. And most importantly, you’ll gain a new level of self-confidence.

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