Benefits of Work Life Balance
There probably was a time when you enjoyed the benefits
of work life balance. But over time that has slowly been eroded.
Many things might have contributed to it, But, here you are on the edge of burnout. Add to
that the realities of “life” over the last number of years and it can be pretty
Don't let this erosion continue. Regain the balance,
high-level contribution, and sense of satisfaction you once enjoyed.
"Thank you so much Gary, for
the role you had in my life." SVP
Three Parts of One Burnout Solution
Let’s review three areas involved in dealing with burnout.
They really are three parts of one solution that I work on with executive coaching clients who are trying to beat burnout.
- Deal with the actual burnout. Or
maybe it’s “overload,” one step removed from burnout, but equally troubling if
sustained and not paid attention to.
- Regain performance. I am assuming if you don’t regain
productivity and performance, it will impact whatever it is you work at, no
matter where you are on the org chart.
- Regain work life balance. You are a whole person.
The whole of your life is at play when you are burned out. Getting back to a
proper blending of work and personal life is crucial to satisfaction and
If you are experiencing overload or burnout, read what you can gain back by addressing your situation now.
How to Get Over Burnout
As a society, we need you. We need your thought leadership and contribution.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that leadership isn't always easy, and you're in a rough stretch right now.
Let’s get you through this period of unusually high and extended intensity.
How to get over burnout?
- Pay attention to the warning signs of burnout at work - the flashing yellow light - and ask yourself if this
represents your experience. If the answer is “yes,” make a decision to do whatever
it will take to deal with it.
- Review the four-part framework to get over burnout. Contact me and we’ll
discuss your situation and craft a way forward. As you move through burnout and
beyond, four activities will take place.
- Dealing with your immediate situation
- Finding and adopting new strategies
- Moving forward with consistent results
- Building resilience for the future
Deal with burnout in such a full way that you never, ever go back there
again. Make the decision to do that right now.
“Great news! Yesterday was a wonderful day. I worked from home, and
felt the best I have felt in a long time. Thank you for all you do.” Director of Business Development
How to Regain Performance
I know it sounds hard, but all too often in the real world of work, it doesn’t much matter how you feel. The expectation is that you will perform. You have to “get the job done.”
You know that your performance has been eroded. You realize you are not “at the top of your game” like you once were. But ... you can do it again, and in a better way.
How will you regain
- Moving forward from here, embrace working in a different
way. You know something must change. We’ll look at pressure points in
your routine, responsibilities, and structure. You know, all the tactical stuff
of work. We’ll examine potential ways to navigate them with greater effectiveness
and less stress. This is where coaching is invaluable and breakthroughs are common.
- Burnout almost always involves people (reporting to you,
or to whom you report,) and procedures (the way things are done.) They can suck
the life out of you. Go through the hard exercise of determining whether to stay
or find another place to work. But don’t be too quick to “jump ship.” This may
be one of the biggest learning experiences of your life. It may be preparing
you for greater things to come.
- Find new ways of dealing with irregular people and challenging
situations. As we coach, we can discuss relationships, thought tools, and
approaches that will assist you with this.
"Gary's coaching in hiring new staff,
while I phased myself out, has proved invaluable. We have reached our
objectives through this process, and we feel confident and blessed, to have new
staff and board members in place." Founder/Executive Director
How to Regain the Benefits of Work Life Balance
People end up drowning themselves in work for various reasons.
Some simply love to work and make things happen. Most though want a satisfying blend of life and work.
That’s probably different for each person, depending on their make-up, personal relationships and circumstances.
Assuming you feel like you’ve lost it, how do you once again enjoy the benefits of work life balance?
- Acknowledge that you don’t currently have work life balance. That might
sound simplistic, but it’s key to making a decision to do whatever will be required
to obtain it. Ask the tough questions as to why you don’t have it. And be
practical and honest. “I’m waiting to win the lottery,” probably isn’t a good foundation
for thinking about such things. What got you in this situation where your work
has consumed your “life?”
- Determine what work life balance, or work life blend, even means to you.
It sounds like a nice concept. But what is it exactly that you’d like to have? What
would your spouse or your family like to see? Where does your faith fit into this? Again, this is where the back and
forth of the coaching conversation can help you think about these things.
- Develop a plan to achieve what it is you want. Be realistic as you do
this. It’s not a pie-in-the-sky exercise. But don’t hesitate to stretch and
reach forward to what it is you feel called to. This may take some boldness to
step out. Coaching can support you.
- Be patient. This might not be achieved overnight. Sometimes a lifestyle
change takes time. Sometimes pursuing better ways of working and leading
requires an approach that unfolds over time. You can get there. Just allow for
“Gary,Thanks for those words.
I was up at 6 am this morning fretting about things and your email was a
great encouragement. I was able to get away for two days on a sailing
trip with some friends this weekend. The rest and change of scenery was
much appreciated.” Director of Operations
Knowing You are Doing Well
I take particular satisfaction in seeing individuals and
organizations doing well and knowing I have made a significant contribution to
I take no satisfaction in seeing men and women experiencing
sustained overload, floundering and not achieving those things that are
important to them.
Let’s set you on a path to regaining the benefits of work
life balance, regaining performance and productivity and of course beating
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