We are surrounded by well-intended suggestions to achieve work/life balance. Yet in reality, technology surrounds and links us constantly to a virtual office of demands and expectations that blur the lines between work and life. To make matters even more confusing, it’s common in the workplace to talk up the need for greater balance while rewarding those with an excessive “work ethic.” Creating more equilibrium begins with a small and deliberate daily effort. Find a time to disconnect each day, taking a short pause just for you—to clear your mind, and find some peace. When made a regular practice, taking this daily "you-time" is a great step toward helping you be at your best in and out of the office.
- What simple and portable daily activity might help you to disconnect and gain a peaceful state?
- What do you need to do, organize, or change to make sure that you commit some time each day to this activity?
- How will you hold yourself accountable to it?
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