Balance and Productivity in Leadership

Everyday Habits that Regain Personal Productivity

Years ago I compiled a list of basic practices and habits proven to support balance and productivity in leadership.

Truthfully, I was "burning the candle at both ends." I had to find constructive ways to adjust the way I worked.

I put my list into practice. Eventually it became a book, 52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day. But, you don't need to buy the book. I've compiled it all right here, and added even more resources for you.

Below is a list of 52 practices or habits that can help you be more balanced and productive. But, to benefit from it you have to be intentional. Just reading it won't do you any good. Applying even one of the practices, will. 



For every practice you feel is important to you RIGHT NOW, you will find five days of self-coaching exercises.

Pick one practice that seems most relevant to your situation and begin working on it. Work on it until it becomes a habit. Every good practice you put in place will reduce stress and regain productivity.

Small wins add up. They will help you to avoid burnout. And, they will reintroduce balance and productivity in leadership.

52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day

  1.  Use the 80/20 Principle
  2.  Plan Your Day 
  3.  Conquer Your To-Do List 
  4.  Harness the Power of Three 
  5.  Capture Your Thoughts 
  6.  Say “No” A Whole Lot More 
  7.  Be Accountable 
  8.  Prepare for Meetings 
  9.  Plan Time for Renewal 
  10.  Speak with Clarity 
  11.  Create a Shield to Guard Your Time 
  12.  Stop Making Assumptions. Know the Facts 
  13.  Persevere 
  14.  Adequately Fund Your Project 
  15.  Relieve Yourself of Other Responsibilities 
  16.  Work with a Great Team 
  17.  Prepare for People Who Don't Understand 
  18.  Let Your Purpose Determine Your Schedule 
  19.  Give Yourself Time to Think, Schedule a Quiet Time
  20.  Don't Manage Your Image for Others 
  21.  Reject Busyness as a Bragging Point 
  22.  Enjoy the Journey 
  23.  Avoid Using the Word “Should” 
  24.  Cultivate Good Friendships 
  25.  Focus on One Person at a Time 
  26.  Change Pace 
  27.  Take Responsibility and Deal with Things as They Come Up 
  28.  Focus on the Goal, Not the Clock
  29.  Eliminate Scraps of Paper 
  30.  Handle Things the Least Amount of Times Possible 
  31.  If it's Not an Absolute Yes, it's a No 
  32.  Just Do it Now 
  33.  Embrace Failure 
  34.  Group Lesser and Like Tasks 
  35.  Read Books on Time Management Strategies
  36.  Make the Tough Decisions 
  37.  Work with a Coach 
  38.  Break it Down into Parts 
  39.  Get Your Finances in Order 
  40.  Do it, Ditch it, Delegate it or Delay it 
  41.  Build Character 
  42.  Celebrate Individual Steps 
  43.  Practice Time In, Time On and Time Out 
  44.  STOP 
  45.  Make a Strategic Alliance 
  46.  Plan for the Unexpected 
  47.  Organize Your Files 
  48.  Create Space Between Meetings 
  49.  Accomplish More While Traveling 
  50.  Create a Not-to-Do List 
  51.  Distinguish Between Needs and Wants 
  52.  Balance Simplicity and Complexity

Wondering Where to Start? Assess Your Balance and Productivity in Leadership 

If you would like to take a simple assessment to determine which habits to consider making a part of your personal leadership development plan, go here. 

You want to focus your improvement efforts in the right direction.

Want to Regain Balance and Productivity in Leadership? Practice the Basics


No matter what you feel you need to work on to regain balance and productivity in leadership, practicing the basics is a must

This is a self-paced, self-coaching “program” about everyday habits, the ones you might have drifted away from. If applied, they will help you in regaining balance and productivity in leadership. This isn't about speed or brilliance. It's about regaining control of YOUR time, energy and confidence.

Reducing stress by creating some easy-to-do wins in your workday will create space to work on solutions to those “larger” things that contribute to overload and burnout. This won’t solve burnout by itself. But it is one part of the equation. 

Paying attention to a small number of basic things that made you successful in the first place will help regain focus, confidence and control, and set you up for greater wins. It will contribute to regaining or enhancing balance and productivity for leaders. 

Pick and Choose Habits that are Most Important to You Right Now

Work at your own pace on putting simple strategies back in place that will help you regain efficient, productive and effective work patterns.

Regaining even a few good practices of balance and productivity in leadership will reduce stress and bring the satisfaction of creating some meaningful wins, when having a win is a real boost.

The list above isn't a fancy time management system. It's a list of everyday habits that leaders, executives and professionals who want to do well, put into practice each and every day.

Simple Practices for Avoiding Burnout and Improving Leadership Effectiveness 

You may have gotten away from some (or many) of these practices. And, while it is not the key source of your stress, it is a contributing factor. I've found that paying attention to things that ARE within your control, plays a big role in rebuilding hope and resilience.

Every one of these habits or strategies come right out of my work with clients over the past many years of executive and leadership performance coaching.

This structure will provide you a different area to work on, on a weekly basis. A small change in one area can result in significant positive change across a broad range of life and leadership areas.

Regaining balance and productivity in leadership isn't mythical. It's deliberate and achievable. 

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