I don’t encounter many executives that aren’t struggling to get everything they want to do done. Sound familiar? August is a month when traditionally things will slow down a bit, so why not take advantage of this time to:

–  recharge your batteries?

–  create a better work/life balance?

If you don’t – then that’s fine. Be prepared to fall into the same old routine when you get back. Alternatively, you could make some brave choices and change the way you lead, and live, your life.

 

1. PRIORITISE HEALTH AND FITNESS

Everything starts here. Cut down on alcohol and start eating better. Get out and exercise twice a week. This isn’t a short term fix, more a lifestyle change. Create a working pattern where you keep your body and your mind fit before anything else. You are absolutely no good to anyone as a leader if you are overtired or unwell. Change the pattern now!

 

2. STOP YOUR DEPENDENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND TELEVISION

Impulsive web browsing, watching television and social media are fast becoming the diseases of modern society. Reduce your dependency, stop wasting your time and focus on things that will enrich your life or help you live longer.

 

3. WORK OUT YOUR GOALS AND PRIORITIES

Setting yourself clear goals will allow you to prioritise your workload so that everything you do works towards one of your goals. More importantly, this will help you understand when you need to say “no” to something or somebody. It will be hard, but getting better at saying “no” is one of the keys to success if you want a healthier work/life balance.

 

4. STOP MULTI-TASKING

Successful people know this. Some people don’t learn it until they retire. You can only really do something brilliantly if you focus on it 100%. So rather than multitask and just about cope with everything you think you need to do, prioritise and get more done properly.

To quote Winston Churchill:  “you can’t throw a stick for every dog you see”.

 

5. DON’T MAKE EXCUSES

Own your life; no one else will. Accepting that you are responsible for everything that happens in your life is frightening and exciting, but once you do you become more successful, because excuses limit and prevent you from growing personally and professionally. Think positive – if things don’t work out don’t blame anyone, just learn, forgive and try another way.

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