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Worklife Balance; Three Tips

How Do I and my clients balance our time?


Many of my clients have incredible workloads, significant responsibility and spans of control and want desperately to have more time for thelsnes, their families and for down time. 


Here are the top 3 things I and my clients do to make that possible.  



1. Priortise life 


The biggest change in my life and the lives of the people I work with is they prioritise what is most important in their life.

Invariably they find something like this order 


i. Themselves 

ii. Their families 

iii. Their friends 

iv. Their work 




It may surprise you to hear that when work comes last - performance is often enhanced; you simply become more focused and ruthless 


2. Time block 


The 2nd biggest change in my life and the lives of the people I work with is they time block how they will complete their key tasks; I for example:


  • Block out when I will do sport and when I have the children

  • Block when I will see friends and family 

  • Block when I am available to do coaching, calls, mentoring and reflection as well as admin time to get the ‘back office stuff done I need to too.

  • Block out meal and break time between activities

  • Work out what my to do list is, Categorised for each of the above elements, and I write a time needed next to it and then prioritise it - I then place that block of time in my diary. 

  • Set a timer and work to that timer - a sense of urgency and a time bound goal works wonders.


I know this feels rigid; and it is - I've found that there is enough flexibility in when and how I allocate the back office tasks as well as working out when I have energy levels for coaching, calls, admin work etc. I prefer to do admin in the AM and I like coaching PM - why? I'm more relaxed.


Some clients I coach first thing? Why - they're punchier and I need the early AM adrenalin.


3. Carry Over 


The biggest change in my life and the lives of the people I work with is they make a pact with themselves.


That pact is based around; I can only do what I can do. Anything not completed within the time frame will be carried over, stakeholders and colleagues communicated with - it;’s time to go home.


This final element - carry over - takes self belief, contracting and an agreement with oneself that if this is happening consistently and the to do list never shrink for key tasks aren’t getting completed then; expectations need to be managed better, more work needs to be delegated across a team and or we need to find ways top be moe efficient in priortiosies, scheduling and completing the work itself 


Falling off the horse - You're


The above is an ideal to work towards; It doesn’t always work and I and my clients fall off the horse too. 


The key is working towards this, getting a sl close to this as you can and contragtulationg yourself when you do. 


If you fall off the horse, acknowledge it, adjust and reset.


You’re human.


Oh and remember "you don't have to be great top get started but you do have to get started to become great" 


I’m here if I can be that person for you 











I'm an an executive performance coach; I help great people lead great things.


By helping them build self belief, make decision and create and follow through on a success strategy


You can message me at stefan@stefanpowell.co.uk 





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