“Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being”
Orison Swett Marden
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If there is one thing we all know these days it is that times are hard for almost everyone. I won’t belabor the point by again revisiting the economic crisis; I doubt that there are many who can’t think of examples close to home of people struggling to deal with their problems. As I talk to friends and acquaintances I find that many of those who are working are struggling to get a balance between work, home and outside responsibilities and believe it or not it is even harder for those searching for income producing opportunity. Many of these folks are running so hard and are so frightened that they are having a hard time coping with it all. Their failure to give themselves a break results in their panic and many times their doing a poor job presenting themselves to others. Worst of all a few even pull back and hibernate since they have lost their confidence and find every reason to wait yet another day before getting back into job-search mode.
The anecdote in my estimation is to get some balance in our lives by volunteering, visiting friends, taking in an escapist movie (if we can’t afford to go we can pick up one at the library), and doing just about anything other then spending 24/7 agonizing over conditions.
Here is what author Judy Martin has to offer as we all deal with what she calls “WorkLife.” I think her advice is worth heeding no matter what our situation may be.
The great WorkLife merge is happening whether one likes it or not. How it is handled is a matter of choice: To come from a place of fear, or proactively take personal responsibility. Several concise tips offer an alternative to burnout so that one can not only survive, but also to thrive in a chaotic job market and slumping economy.
1. Give yourself permission to take a break. We are our own worst critic at home and at work. Give yourself permission to wind down, even for a few minutes a day, with a walk, exercise, a good book or a movie.
2. Explore your own brand of creativity. If you like to write, speak or have another artistic bent, think of ways to incorporate those skills in the workplace or in your family life.
3. Journal on a consistent basis. In times of frustration, saying what you want, when you want, regardless of the consequences, may create conflict at home and in the workplace, but venting your soul to your eyes only might give you a new perspective.
4. Take joy in accomplishing small tasks. Even if it’s just the laundry or making a phone call, set a few goals for yourself each day. This can be an enormous help to alleviate anxiety. Procrastination makes it difficult to move forward.
5. Embrace a personal identity independent of your business image. When we become too identified with our job or a position of power, anything that challenges may cause anxiety. Put more effort into hobbies outside of work; explore volunteering outside of the sector in which you work; spend more time cultivating relationships; and expand your skill base into other sectors.
6. Design your own program to cultivate resilience. Think about what brings you to a place of calm, and take time out of your day to slow the wheels of the mind. Whether it’s meditating, playing tennis or reading, out of silence comes creativity and vitality. That small break just might be the catalyst for a great idea.
7. Remember to breathe. The interaction of activity and paying attention to how you breathe requires concentration and will keep your mind focused on what is in front of you. Breathing is the healing elixir of life and is the greatest tool to calm the mind and body.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”
MURPHY’S LAWS ON WORK
Everything can be filed under ‘miscellaneous.’
To err is human, to forgive is not company policy.
Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
There is never enough time to do it right the first time, but there is always enough time to do it over.
If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.
No one gets sick on Wednesdays.
The longer the title, the less important the job.
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.
Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city.
One asked the other, "Your son go back to college yet?"
"Two days ago."
"Hmm. Mine’s a senior this year, so it’s almost over. In May, he’ll be an engineer."
"What’s your boy going to be when he gets out of college?"
"At the rate he’s going, I’d say he’ll be about thirty."
"No, I mean what’s he taking in college?"
"He’s taking every penny I make."
"Doesn’t he burn the midnight oil enough?"
"He doesn’t get in early enough to burn the midnight oil."
"Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?"
"Sure has! It’s totally cured his mother of bragging about him!"
My friends tell me that I refuse to grow up, but I know they’re just jealous because they don’t have pajamas with feet.
A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight, and dropped in a coin.
"Listen to this," he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. "It says I’m energetic, bright, resourceful and a great husband."
"Yeah," his wife nodded, "and it has your weight wrong, too."
I ran out of ice cream bars the other day, and I cried. Then I remembered Alexander the Great, and how he wept when there were no more worlds to conquer. How very much alike we are, I thought.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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