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Nowadays, the line between our personal and professional lives is even more blurred than it has been in the past. Not only have the constant disruptions to our industry challenged us and caused work overload, we ALL experience the un-negotiable, “Family/Life Happens” syndrome.

Harvard professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey wrote a book, Immunity to Change, and I suggest we all read it! Now more than ever, change happens at ever-increasing speed… Remember the human adaption curve vs the technology adoption curve? Now there is a huge GAP between our ability to adapt and the demands of tech adoption. The result? We are in a state of feeling constantly overwhelmed.

The good news is that we have the ability and the resources to overcome the chaos and craziness.

Here are a few strategies to try…

  1. Ask yourself what are the top 2 or 3 things that are causing you the most stress? Then ask yourself WHY? Once you know your pain points, focus on the activities you need to do to get them off your plate. Try chunking into manageable activities, using appropriate resources, and staying focused without outside interruptions. This may mean getting up a little earlier or going into the office before your peers to have quiet think/work time.

  2. Create a set WORK TIME and PERSONAL time. This is an easy one— Do ONLY valuable work during work time and ONLY work-free, enjoyable activities during personal times. Stay focused and and you will stay productive.

  3. Delegate! If you have and assistant, expect and trust them to ‘step up’. If you are working as an individual, consider referring work you cannot expertly handle for a referral fee or getting a virtual assistant.

The authors offer so many more great ideas, but the main message is— You CAN handle it! Former First Lady Michelle Obama hits the nail on the head: “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

Know we are always here to help you brainstorm and are committed to your success!!

Have a GREAT week!


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