Work-life balance requires effective time management skills. Time management skills such as prioritizing, planning and time estimation are critical for achieving work-life balance. Today’s time management tip is: Call someone special for no particular reason. It sounds easy but does it happen? We are social creatures and need relationships for a balanced life. Think about how you feel when you haven’t spoken to a relative or good friend in much too long, it doesn’t feel good so it is important make it happen. This tip only takes 5-15 minutes. It is an opportunity to sit down, relax and connect.
Work-life balance and time management means blocking off 5-15 minutes to make those calls. Here are 3 common obstacles that clients share with me:
- Too busy, I don’t have time.
- People are long winded. It’s hard to keep it brief.
- It’s never convenient when people live or work in different time zones.
No more excuses! Here are easy to use time management tips for how to overcome those obstacles.
Work-life balance: Tip #1
If you think that you are too busy and don’t have time to call someone you can…
- Schedule a brief block of time. A shorter call is still meaningful and you can schedule a follow up or standing call if you want to do so.
- Schedule the call at the beginning of the day before you get too busy.
- Schedule the call at the end of the work day and before you leave the office. It is a great transition activity and a way to unwind.
- Make the call while you are waiting in a long line. Remember to respect other peoples’ privacy if you can be heard.
Work-life balance: Tip #2
Work-life balance is about including time for meaningful activities. If you avoid calling people who are long winded, here is a great article with lots of time management and work-life tips: How to end a phone call with a talkative person. In general, it’s best to let the other person know that you have to be off the phone by a certain time. Give them a 2 minute warning and start to wrap up. If it is absolutely necessary, just interrupt the person and say that you have to go. It just takes practice to get comfortable with setting limits.
Work-life balance: Tip #3
Talking to people who live and work in different time zones can be challenging. You can begin by setting up the call and use text or email to schedule the call at a mutually convenient time. The bottom line is that you want to make the call a priority so use your creativity. You can do it on the weekend, during a walk, or adjust your schedule to go into or leave work early. As a Time Management Coach it’s my role to help you eliminate the obstacles, find solutions, and empower you to achieve your goals. Let me know if these work-life balance tips were helpful.