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Project-Life Balance

22 Jul

With the crazy hustle and bustle in the life of a project manager, who is responsible for managing several different projects at any given time, we sometimes don’t make time for ourselves to relax and spend quality time with our family and friends.  Also, you may have a difficult time finding balance in your live due to layoffs, cutbacks, and because honestly, you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  As Stephan Covey says in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” focus your time and attention on things you can control, such as:

  1. Build Downtime into your Schedule
  2. Drop Activities that Take up your Time and Energy
  3. Rethink your Errands; have others help you
  4. Exercise Helps you be More Alert and Ready for What the Day Brings
  5. Remember, Just a Little Relaxation Goes a Long Way

Work-Life Balance Does Not Mean

  • You Will Have an Equal Balance
  • Will Vary Throughout Your Life, Due to Your Changing Goals/Focus
  • Not One Size Fits All
As my boss once said (Because we work at a large gaming company), “IGT made slot machines before you were employed here, so they will continue to make slot machines when you are not around.”  It is a profound statement to think about.  Remember, you never know when your last moment to spend time with loves ones will be, so take time for yourself and those that you love to spend precious time with to create lasting memories, as work will always be there when you return. 🙂
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