Scheduling ways to maintain a positive healthy life, away from career obligations, is what most experts agree is an essential component for managing time and stress issues. Many employees however, especially those who are driven with tunnel vision focus, view their career as the core of life’s purpose. They are not cognizant that part of having a successful career includes understanding the importance of achieving balance so that the career does not consume a person’s life. In other words, many people don’t realize that a significant element in achieving successful career outcomes and reaching higher levels of performance is getting rest and taking a mental absence or vacation from the demands of the workplace. In fact, many experts agree that incorporating ways to maintain a positive life outside of work leads to improved productivity in the work place and a larger satisfaction out of life in general.
The reality is that in today’s economy, many people spend most of their time focused on earning a living. Zen Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hahn (2012) reminds us that a person’s well-being is affected by their ability to earn an income and provide for their families. He asserts that the manner in how people live their lives and the way they earn a living is a crucial component to their health and well-being. For example, work can be an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to express their deepest passions and dreams. It can also be the source of significant nourishment, tranquility, transformation, and inspiration. On the other hand, it can be the source of high anxiety, stress, discomfort, pain, and discontent. In addition, he suggests the choices people make and the level of consciousness they apply determines how much happiness they create. Hanh further postulates that if individuals bring a sense of awareness to every moment in their life – in other words, practice being mindful by bringing full attention to what is happening in the present moment – it can help people make better choices that can ultimately lead to creating more balance for ourselves and with others (Hanh, 2012). In short, people have a lot more influence in developing a pleasant work environment than they realize. We each have the ability to find new avenues to work in partnership to cultivate joy and passion in our jobs and can do so without being harmful to other humans, animals, or the environment. This strategy is beneficial to all living things. The good news is that conditions which result in stress and lower productivity can be changed by incorporating some of the following tactics: (a) enabling individuals to assess their well-being, (b) encouraging them to become more aware of the components or situations that create stress and burnout problems, and (b) implement strategies and systems focused on helping them maintain balance.
In conclusion, if these issues are not addressed, it could result in low productivity or worse, create disastrous consequences to an individual’s personal life, as well as to an organization’s overall success and image. Achieving balance in our lives helps ensure that our careers do not dominate our reality, especially to the point where an individual is incapable of discerning or enjoying personal time, which once lost, can never be replayed. In his book, Organizational Behavior, Donald Baack (2012) disclosed that without including personal time off a person risks making more errors and bad judgment calls. In addition, they are likely to experience less success in career outcomes, and worse, risk a shorter life expectancy (Baack, 2012). That’s reason enough to take time off. Speaking of … that’s it for our time together this week. I too, am going to take some time off as a strategy to improve my own organizational management skills. I’ll be back with new blog posts after Independence Day. Have a great weekend everyone!
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein
Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Hanh, T. (2012). Work: How to find joy and meaning in each hour of the day. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.