Shooting for success is not a prescription for becoming an obsessive workaholic. The amount of time you work does not reflect your accomplishments and performance. Promotional Consultant Today provides these tips from author Barry Maher for achieving work-life balance.
Tip: Focus is a good buzzword. Multi-tasking is a bad one. Computers multi-task, and usually lose efficiency when they do. When people do it, it’s usually not multi-tasking at all; it’s usually that older cliche — spreading yourself too thin.
Tip: During working hours, consider working.
Tip: During non-working hours, consider doing something else. Now obviously given the realities of life today, there are likely to be times when you’re going to have to work during what you would like to be non-working hours. Sometimes. But you’ll never fill the glass unless you can find a way to be comfortable with the amount of your life you’re devoting to the job. Then you make those hours as productive as possible.
Tip: If you find yourself proudly bragging about your hours or your workload, you’re probably putting in more time than you should.
Tip: Intelligent people don’t brag about being overworked. They complain about being overworked.
Tip: If you don’t have something in your life more worthy of bragging about, find something. The better the manager, the less time it takes him to do his job. A good worker takes care of his health and his sanity, and is as productive as possible during the hours he is working. An astute company values its people and doesn’t abuse them or any other asset.
Tip: Never let your company, your clients, your boss, your boss’ boss or anyone else make you feel guilty that you’re not a workaholic.
We should never confuse activity with productivity. No matter how many hours someone puts in, no matter how much they appear to be working, the only measurement that really matters is the results.
Source: Barry Maher is in demand for business audiences of all types. Barry first made his mark as a world-class salesperson and sales manager, then as a management and sales consultant, helping clients improve their productivity, often dramatically. Barry’s book, Filling the Glass was cited as “[One of] The Seven Essential Popular Business Books” by Today’s Librarian magazine. His latest book, No Lie: Truth Is the Ultimate Sales Tool, from McGraw-Hill, has been translated around the world.