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The phrase, Work-Life Balance tends put many people off.  Impossible!  A pipe dream!  A dated concept!  But I donít think so.... the issue isnít the termóitís our definition of the phrase and what it implies that needs to evolve.

 

Iíd like to propose a different definition.  Work-Life Balance is not about the amount of time you spend working vs. not-working.  Itís more about  how  you spend your time working and relaxingÖ.recognizing that what....
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            Lack of sleep and poor nutrition can be compensated for with caffeine, sugar, power bars, or the pure will to concentrate, but nothing substitutes for genuine physical health. Sleep, exercise, a proper diet, and regular checkups maintain your physical body. This is a basic, essential priority, which provides the well of energy from which you draw the strength to accomplish everything else you need to do. Some people neglect their own physically health for so long that they forget what it feels like to be healthy and rested. Making the commitment to your physical health will have an immediately....

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          Several years ago Life Magazine conducted the Great American Weekend Study, and discovered that 47% people wait until Thursday night or later to plan their weekends.  I donít even need to tell you what happens when we wait too long to plan---the weekend slips through our fingers and before we know itís Sunday night, and we didnít do anything fun or refreshing.

            During stressful times, itís more essential than ever to stay in balanceóto mindfully fill your downtime off with activities that really recharge you.  If you spend your time on the right things-you gain renewed perspective, optimism....

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Once the world gets quiet, does your mind wake up? Do you start ticking through your to-do list the minute your head hits the pillow? A churning mind canít sleep; and a mind without sleep doesnít function.  Sleep deprivation is miserable--it steals energy and productivity from the next day ó so you donít enjoy your waking hours either, and the cycle starts all over again.

So, how can you reclaim the pleasure of a good night's sleep?  First, I want to ask you a question: Do you think of sleep as the end of one day or the beginning of the next? I find that......

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             More and more people are working from home these daysóas freelancers, budding entrepreneurs, or even as virtual employees of a larger company.  Working from home often brings with it a lot of freedom Ė the freedom to make decisions, to set hours, and to determine your own workplace culture. Yet the home-based office has its share of challenges. Space is limited. Itís hard to be productive with unstructured days. You do not have the same support that comes with working at a big company, and the lines often blur between home and work.         

            With just a little organization, you can be productive, efficient, and enjoy all of the advantages of working from home. Here are a few of the core strategies I give my clients to ensure they get things done and feel effective.........

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We live in a fast-paced world filled with infinite possibilities and opportunities. Like

kids in a candy shop, we can easily feel overwhelmed choices on where we spend our time. Whatís most important? How do we find time to get things done? How much can we handle? It is tempting to shove more in our day than is humanly possible, and discouraged at the end of the day when we barely got past the second item on our to-do list.    In an overstuffed schedule, we feel out of balanceówhere one area of our lives monopolizes our time at the expense of other more important things.

Throughout my 20 years as a time management coach , Iíve found that there are certain key skills that make the difference between a day that feels in balance vs. out of balance....

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Several years ago Life Magazine conducted the Great American Weekend Study, and discovered that 47% of the people surveyed wait until Thursday night or later to plan their weekends.  I donít even need to tell you what happens when we wait too long to plan---the weekend slips through our fingers and before we know itís Sunday night, and we didnít do anything fun or refreshing....

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