I heard this expression the other day: work-life harmony. You’ve more often heard “work-life balance.” Instantly, the idea of harmony made sense and sounded a lot better. (Thanks, Lisa Horner!)
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WE ARE BECOMING ADDICTED TO CHAOS AND FRENZY
In talking with a bunch of MBA students at Brigham Young University the other night, I was asked whether blogging was really going to die soon. I replied, naturally, that radio died shortly after TV started, so yes, that was likely. (I wish there were a sarcasm font, but you get it). I did say, however, that we are the problem.
We are addicted to next. When we read our inbox, we’re always thinking about the next mail. When we browse the web, we are calibrated to scan quickly, skim often, and barely register what we see. It’s neither good nor bad. But it definitely is.
YOU CAN’T KEEP UP
A woman three days ago said, “I don’t like Twitter. I can’t keep up.” I said, “You don’t have to keep up. It’s a stream. Dip in. Say hi. Read what you want. Leave.”
But we think we have to keep up. We believe we have to read Mashable and TechCrunch and all those sites to know what’s new or who’s being acquired.
Hint: nearly none of us have to do that. Nearly none.
PUT. THE. PHONE. DOWN.
I bet there are many domestic battles that come with smartphone use. You’ve been “caught” looking at your phone before when it wasn’t exactly appropriate. Right? Was it important? No. It was a way to fill a void.
Do you need to respond to a tweet or a Facebook comment within two minutes? No. A day? Depends. Ever? Depends.
Put the phone down. Close the lid. Do real work. Unplug.
SCHEDULE YOUR DISTRACTIONS
Rob, in his Work Like You’re on Vacation course, makes a really great point: when we go away to lunch or a break or something, most of us come back and scan our social platforms and our inbox. Is it necessary? Rarely. Is it easy? Yes. Does it make us feel connected to something/someone? Yes. But it’s hampering your output and your overall harmony.
The inbox is the perfect delivery system of other people’s priorities. Close it.
Schedule times to read it. Make sure the boss and the significant other (sometimes, these are the same person) have a way to reach you, and shut out everything else. Until it’s time to do otherwise.
MOVE YOUR BODY
Over the past many weeks, I’ve been practicing yoga more often than not (I blame Jacq). I’ve come to notice that when I keep my body moving regularly (even including small 5 minute stretch and walkabout breaks every 20 or so minutes), the harmony of my thoughts and my focus are better. Why? Because sitting for unmoving hours in front of your screen is not especially healthy, nor helpful to your brainpower. If 20 minutes is too fast, try 40. But move. Much more often. And stretch your eyes, too.
SMALL PLANS TRUMP NO PLAN
The more you work from a plan, the more you will find harmony. Yes, spontaneity is important. But if you haven’t handled all your crap, you have no time to be spontaneous. And that’s where harmony sneaks out and gets a sandwich while you’re looking around for what you were supposed to be doing next. More planning, more space in your universe for a better work-life harmony.
MIND YOUR MINDFULNESS
Go to whatever reader or news app you use and stuff in “mindfulness.” You’ll see all kinds of business sites reporting all kinds of studies saying “holy crap, we should all meditate more.” Will people? Less certain. But if you did, life would get more magical super fast. Promise. It’s working for me. After Jacq taught me what to do, I’m getting amazing at focusing, at being more productive, at getting back into my groove when distracted by other work. All thanks to mindfulness and meditation practice.
Is this all soft hoo hoo? I don’t think so. I think it’s the guts of what’ll make you the owner of your life, your work, and your destiny. But hey, that’s why there’s an unsubscribe button. We can disagree. It’s okay.
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