By Susie Almaneih
It’s not getting any easier to give all the aspects of life their share of attention. Here’s how the pros cover all their bases.
Time is our one non-renewable resource, and none of us want to get to the end of life and think we didn’t spend it in the right ways. The pace of our modern existence makes less and less room for play, bonding, and exploring, and pushes harder for more effort and productivity.
However, sometimes it only takes subtle tweaking to achieve a little more control and equilibrium. Entrepreneurs and executives have had to get very crafty when attending to all the moving parts of family, business, and marriage. Here are some of the ways to make it work:
1. Work smarter, not longer
Business studies consistently reveal that managers who budget their time and plan for concentrated bursts of productivity see better results in work and life. This means getting creative with scheduling, combining activities, and identifying your core productive cycles.
You hear all the experts talking about it, but it’s not a new thing. Applying mediation techniques a few minutes a day can help you make a quantum leap in your thinking.
3. Flex day
This is a key secret top exec moms use to get both work and family details done. If that time is open at work, she can take the day to go to soccer practice or dance, and communicating through a common calendar with family members.
4. Outsource like mad
If you are an executive, you are already good at this at work, but automate as much of the household chores and maintenance to clear time and energy for other things. If your kids are older, they need to chip in too.
5. Plan romance
It sounds like an oxymoron, but setting dates to do something fun alone with your mate can keep both of you going through the rough and hectic times. Create a bucket list of things you want to do just the two of you and start checking them off. Go on dates and talk about something other than work or family. See a play or go to a gallery. Feed your minds with your interests and remember why you paired off in the first place.
6. Eat together
The family meal should remain sacrosanct, where everyone helps, everyone catches up, and everyone cleans. Some families keep a meal chart so they have the same things on the same days, the shopping list stays updated, and family bonding is a daily activity.
7. Exercise together
If everyone gets in the pool or goes on a long bike ride or hike, you are multi-tasking in the best possible way. Get your blood pumping, get outdoors, and have a good time with your spouse and family.
We like Timothy Ferriss’s catch phrase when it comes to lifestyle design: “Rethink common assumptions.” By implementing some simple life hacks, you can keep the well-oiled business machine moving forward. You can spend quality time with your family and you can nurture your partnership with your mate. The key to a balanced, healthy life is perspective and planning. And with a solid career, marriage and family under your belt, you’ve already garnered those skills anyways.