We’ve all heard the term “work/life balance” when it pertains to separating our personal lives from our professional ones. However, in some cases, the two worlds can’t help but collide. Specifically, this collision occurs in the area of personal and professional organization.
Last week we discussed “Creating A Conquerable To-Do List”. Today we’ll talk about 3 ways to best maintain these habits in the two main areas of life, work and leisure.
1) The earlier, the better: One thing we can make a habit inadvertently is slight, yet consistent tardiness. A common text message that occurs right before meetings, business lunches or even family dinners usually goes something like this: “I’m really sorry, but I’m running about five minutes late.” Five minutes may not seem like much of a difference, but you lose that time to ease into the interaction and can sometimes make you feel on edge, especially if you’re presenting to an important client. Arriving ten or even fifteen minutes prior to an engagement gives you plenty of time to breathe and prepare for whatever's next on your agenda.
2) Limit the small decisions: Some of the most successful people today don’t worry about the minute details like what they will wear to the office or what they will eat for lunch. Some CEOs like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same outfit every day just because they know they need as much time as possible to make the decisions that will best impact their companies and customers. You can take this approach as well. You don’t need to worry about wearing the same shirt day in and day out, but you can take some time on Sunday afternoon to plan out that week’s wardrobe and lunches/dinners. And like we’ve discussed before, try and make the day’s to-do list before you leave your home for the day.
3) Know where to find important messages for your tasks: When you open up your email at the beginning of the workday, you’ll find new items, old tasks that you still need to complete and even some irrelevant messages that you keep meaning to delete. If you work with multiple clients, teams or tasks, be sure to create folders in your inbox for the different categories and make a conscious decision to put every message in its appropriate spot while deleting the messages that are no longer needed. You can also do this with your personal email address when it comes to messages from family members, promotional offers and electronic bills.
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