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Posted by on Nov 6, 2010 in Accomplishment, MISL, Productivity, Responsibility, Time Management | 2 comments

Work Life Balance in the real world

I am sitting here sniffling up a storm as I write this post. I havent had breakfast but I think I might just pour myself some COCO Puffs now. OK got them. I have read Escape from Cubicle Nation on my Kindle for the last few days and have found it really inspiring.

It’s funny how deep down inside you already know most of what you rediscover in books but somehow it seems to lay just under the surface of your mind staying in stealth mode until with the innocent reading of a book it bubbles to the surface. I have never been a huge fan of 9-5 or conformity so the corporate world shouldnt appeal to me. I do however find it quite alluring.

It is really easy to understand your place in the pecking order, the business card declares who you are to anyone interested in looking at it and you take on projects with a lot riding on them. The thing is when it comes down to accountability and responsibility it all becomes a little fuzzy.

When you are working in a team or are reliant on someone else to make the same right decision so that you can stay on track you really have no power over the outcome. The outcome of your project is dependant on the other people on the team. You can even work on a project for months and present it to the team and once the edits are complete it is unrecognizable. I tend to be pretty independent and like to stand or fall on my merit. Its the only way to know what you have inside, what drives you and who you really are.

I think we all need to really explore who we are at work and how that impacts our lives. The funny thing is I didnt really realize this until I was having a coaching session with my coach who is an incredibly wonderful woman that seems to just pull realisations from my brain on a moments notice. I realized that if I have an outside locust of control or worry about what others think, how they view what I am doing or see me I choose a different path than id I have an internal locust of control.

That said the reason for this post is that all of a sudden I was able to focus my thoughts on what is important. I had forgotten to align my life and future choices with my values and instead used my outside locust of control. The result of this discovery was creativity. I have now written the 10 commandments for work life balance that will be out on my web site soon, a new HUB , Need more time? Start scheduling yourself like a pro. , a quiz and am currently writing 2 more articles. I think it is safe to say that sometimes a little kick in the but is necessary.

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