Achieving the proper balance in work and life one step at a time
Earning a living is hard. Whether you work for someone else or are your own boss there are times when more hours simply does not translate into more income. Even the most dedicated and brilliant person will experience diminishing returns and a loss of productivity unless they are able to create and maintain a proper work life balance.
Life coach and counselor Mary A. Molloy’s new book Design Your Own Destiny tackles the challenges of establishing a proper work life balance head on.
“Every person’s life is most happy and fruitful when they are in balance,” she says. “Even if you work really hard at your business, it’s crucial that you not neglect your relationships and personal life. The way you do this best is by creating a roadmap to your life – a life plan that helps you take the right steps and avoid the potholes you encounter.”
Are You Out of Balance?
Mary has done hundreds of life plans for people of all walks of life. One of the most insightful areas of her book is where she boils the most common actions people identified that they needed to address to get work/life balance restored. They can be grouped into four main areas: Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual and Emotional.
Among the many powerful techniques contained in Design Your Own Destiny that help you evaluate the choices you get to make is the Ben Franklin T Chart (example), which allows one to get specific and see the forest through the trees. Here’s what you do:
- Write down the problem and the specific option.
- Identify the specific pro’s and cons for that option.
- Identify what you need to know.
- Identify the action needed to get you all the information you need to know to make a decision.
Balancing work-life balance is an ongoing challenge. As soon as you make one decision, the balance shifts and may force you to adjust in other areas. You get to go from where you are now to where you want to go. Carefully identifying the areas you want to change and using vision and clarity will help you improve your business life and your personal life as well.
Mary A. Molloy is a speaker, life planner, business owner and award-winning author. She knows how to communicate strategies that lead to success. Whether working with IBM and leading training workshops with companies like HP/Compaq Computer Corporation, Microsoft, Motorola, Siemens Healthcare or one-on-one; from New Zealand to Korea and even back home in America her extensive travels and experience speaking to tens of thousands of people give her a special perspective. Mary is able to assist people in seeing their potential and how to reach their goals and dreams. She has been recognized for her achievements through the YWCA’s Woman of the Year Award and Digital Equipment Corporation’s Instructor Excellence Award. Her previous book (co-authored with Michael K. Molloy), The Buck Starts Here: Profit Based Sales and Marketing Made Easy, was a Clarion Award winner.