By Aoife Delaney
HEALTH & WELL-BEING:
The Balancing Act!
By Nitin Sachdeva
The Balancing Act!
By Nitin Sachdeva, Venture Marketing
At the start of 2012, I started up a Destination Marketing Consulting business and it took off nicely (of course with great challenges).
For the next 3 years I was pretty consumed with work and it took me quite some time to realize my life had become all about work, with no focus on my personal life.
This realization came on a work trip to Mumbai with a client who shared his success story with me. He is an extremely successful person, one of those people that has everything physical one could want, but he has one regret that he shared- he does not have a connection with his children as he spent all his time chasing success, which now meant nothing to him. This was a moment of truth for me and served as a wake-up call to help me realize that balance is the ultimate success.
Following this, I started a ‘reset drive for life’ to make my work and personal life more balanced. I cut down on the non-productive activities that I was filling much of my day with and focused on finding more time in the day to be more organised and productive – thus giving me more time at the end of the day for my personal life.
It wasn’t easy to breakdown things until I found an article written by Warren Buffet. The article described a method to find the most important things in life which really matter. Warren said: write down the 15 most important things to you, then chose just 5 from that list, then further whittle it down by choosing just 3 out of the 5. Once you have your top three, it will help show you that all others, while they may matter, should be given lower priority, or may not matter at all. Simple, but genius advice!
The result of this for me was a far more productive working day.. I quickly decided to end my time on social media which I called social media detox. It gave me 3 additional hours of uninterrupted focused work hours…who would have thought?!
Next, it was time to make some changes to the time I spent at home. I wanted quality time with my family to really give them the undivided attention they deserved. To achieve this, I simply used a very important feature of our phones that many of us don’t often utilize… the SWITCH OFF feature. Switching off my phone for at least an hour in the evening to watch my children play provided me with the opportunity to develop connections with them that will last a lifetime, and for that I am truly grateful.
My experience of bringing a better work/life balance to my life has been so beneficial to me. I would love to leave you with a couple of simple questions to ask yourself as you look to improve your own quality of life:
Take some time to think about this – I guarantee it will help you discover the best in life, both personally and professionally.
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