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We need to strike a balance in our lives

Published 9:46am Thursday, September 19, 2013

In my attempt to find a balance between work and life in general, I Googled “work life balance” on a whim and the search returned quite a bit of information. I know that I’m not the only person who struggles to juggle a full-time career as well as family, home and more but I didn’t realize that “work-life balance” had become such an important topic lately, especially among large corporations.
In our struggle, we are often overworked, under-rested, and under-productive. It sounds like an oxymoron or a contradiction to be overworked and under-productive at the same time, but a lot of us are tired or burned out and it takes us longer to be productive. We don’t vacation and we don’t take the time off as needed to recharge. Raise your hand if you’re guilty. (Raised hand.)
So, it makes sense. There are tips to helping you achieve happiness and a work-life balance. They are pretty obvious but according to some of the things I’ve read lately, we can all stand to see them.
•Take vacations.
•Leave work at a reasonable hour.
•Take breaks throughout the workday.
•Get some sleep.
•Exercise.
•Plan your day.
•Focus on what makes you happy.
I’ve made a conscious effort to employ these tips daily. Yes, it requires a conscious effort.
Finally, during my Google search I came across a 30-second speech by former Coca-Cola CEO Bryan Dyson. The short speech reminded me of what’s important and brought back a little perspective.
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. Work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
“You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
“But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.
“You must understand that and strive for it. Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest. Value has a value only if its value is valued.”

Shannon Elliott is general manager of the Elmore County newspapers of Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. Contact her at 334-567-7811.

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