Switching gears: What difference does it make if you mix up your workday and personal life “things to do?” How do you know when you’re too structured or not structured enough with your work/life boundaries?
I have two quick lists for you today:
- What to watch out for.
- How to figure out something that works better.
Answer #1 – Clues it’s not working.
Think about the honest answers to these questions.
- Are you late on client deadlines?
- Anyone at work/home mention you are hard to reach?
- Have you been told -or do you sense – that your work performance is not what it needs to be?
- Are you missing details?
- Snapping at people, frustrated with them, less patient than usual?
- Feel like there’s a pinball game going on in your mind ?
- Burnt out or heading there?
- Feel like you’re switching gears constantly?
- Feel like you are never ahead?
Answer #2: An experiment to figure out “better.”
Carry a notebook just for this purpose, like you’d track how you’re spending money if you’ve tracked expenses. Or add it to your paper planner. Or use your phone calendar, notes, to do list. Something that’s often with you.
Do this for a couple of days and then stop.
- Keep track of each 1/2 hour and how you spent it. Work or personal? Add it up at the end of the day. How much time do you actually spend on work? On home responsibilities? Are you spending enough time in each area? If not, what changes could you make in how your days are organized to get there? Think of your time as a puzzle piece, with the pieces being your routines priorities, tasks. Move them around differently and see how that fits.
- Look at when you’re working. All day and evening? Only in between certain hours? Is it different every day? How does that serve you? Are you feeling accomplished? Splintered? What could you change, lessen, drop or do differently, so you don’t feel as if you are working all the time?
- Keep track of the little tasks that don’t feel like work, like reading, checking and responding to email or posting on social media. You’re still using your energy and your mind; these are not restorative activities, so they belong on the list of when you’re actually working. Even if you’re doing this in front of the TV, it is still working. If you’re not counting that time, you’re not seeing the whole picture yet.
- Return to the question above which resonated with you. How does the way you organize your days impact you? What did you learn from tracking your time for a couple of days so that you can reorganize things differently and do better with that area?
What you’re looking for is the answer to the question of what feels right for you and is productive [for work and for life].
And the big question: How do these answers fit with your intentions, aspirations or goals? Are you supporting what you say is important through how you organize your days?
This is one of the questions we work on in practical sessions with me, on a monthly basis or my package of 3 months [giving us a deadline]. If you’d like to find out more, check my website Services descriptions or call for a no charge exploratory session to see if this will work for your challenges. 603.554.1948 or email: Sue@CoachSueWest.com