It is a frenzied and hectic world we live in, thanks in part to the digital age. Taking time for ourselves is one of the greatest challenges we face.
We all struggle to juggle our social commitments, recreational interests, and spouse/family obligations. Family commitment is foremost our top commitment. How do you manage your time to show the important people in your life that you care about them?
The following is a summarization of an education session from the 2015 IHRSA Convention, produced with full permission from IHRSA. The full-length video is available for purchase at ihrsastore.com.
About the Speakers
Art Curtis is the President of Curtis Club Advisors. He has over 30 years of industry experience.
Brent Darden is the Principal at Brent Darden Consulting, and is the Chairman of the Board at IHRSA. He has over 35 years of industry experience and offers a variety of services through his consulting business. He is a well-recognized keynote speaker.
Allison Flatley is the Chief Operating Officer and the Owner of Corporate Fitness Works. She has 30 years of industry experience. She also serves on the IHRSA Board.
Molly Kemmer is the Regional Director for MediFit Corporate Services. She is an experienced specialist in health club and spa management and serves as a Board Member at IHRSA.
Start with a Framework
Determine the framework that works for you and give yourself permission to change it as your career or your life changes. This is different for each person. Structure your personal balance according to your specific needs.
- Create a support network. Have people you can count on who support your endeavors. A spouse, a friend, or a family member can be your support team.
- Consider strengths others can bring to help you support your goals. Can your spouse help at home? Can a team member adopt some of your workload?
- Re-evaluate. Do you really need to commit to more work-related tasks or an extra-curricular activity? If not, change your framework. Prioritize that which is important to you.
- Be flexible and adjust frequently. Determine your priorities and balance that with your need to be efficient and productive. Listen and learn from others. Practice makes perfect. Multitask but with focus.
- Accept what is. Find what does not serve or interest you and let it go.
- Be able to prioritize and change, rather than remaining rigid in your life’s balance. Some spend excessive time and effort planning for work and not engaging in the same planning for other aspects of their lives.
It's up to you to decide what you value most and prioritize accordingly, so take responsibility for this juggling act. Consider the long-term effects your choices will have on your life and weigh them against your most important goals. Does the way you spend your time help you achieve those goals, or does it hold you back? If you identify conflicts, are you prepared to make some changes in your life?
Here are a few words of wisdom to keep in mind as you contemplate your future:
- Pick your career wisely.
- Pick your employer wisely by making sure your values are aligned.
- Pick your partner (in life and in business) wisely.
- Have a plan and focus on what is important in the different parts of your life: career, family, self and community. Then make it happen.
- Have traditions and celebrate successes.
- Plan time for yourself.
- Balance is ultimately very personal. Everyone is different. Only you can define balance. You will hear competing views about what is important. Ultimately, you are a unique individual and the choices for balance in your life should reflect that.
- Know yourself. Be all of who you are.
- Know how your personal strengths apply in defining your own balance.
- Know yourself, be yourself, challenge yourself and love yourself.