Monday, August 25, 2014

Life/Work: Striking a Balance

“Work life balance” is quite the popular topic these days. There seems to be an abundance of information circulating about time management, budgeting, and health but when it is time to actually implement these tips many of us are lost. Too often, after a long work day, we go home and crash. Between preparing dinner and getting ready for the next day, our “life” can get pushed to the back burner. The point of this post is to encourage us all to bring that “life” portion a bit closer to focus. Below are a few tips to help you organize your responsibilities in a way that will leave room for fun, creativity, and spontaneity.

1.)    Let’s say you’re a person who likes to reserve your weekends for spending time with family and friends. Try setting aside 2 evenings a week for 2 hours to tackle all those things that you’ve been avoiding such as opening mail, applying for new jobs, checking emails, etc. The more we keep to these scheduled days, the easier and smaller the piles of mail and inbox messages will get. You may need more or less time depending on your level of activity. The point is that we stay on top of our business so that it doesn’t overwhelm us.

2.)    Another part of “life” that often gets neglected is our health. After a busy day on the job, most of us cannot be bothered to do another bit of work or in this case, workout. However, there are simple easy ways to get your exercise during the day. Walk your office building. If you work in a large building, walk the entire floor, take the steps up to the next floor, and repeat. Do as many floors as you can and before you know it you will reach the top floor! Don’t work in a large building? That’s ok. Take it to the streets. Take a fifteen minute walk around your job and back. These seemingly small tactics can make a big difference. More than just a physical work out, you will be giving yourself a mental break and chance to rejuvenate for the rest of your day.

3.)    Now this may be considered optional for some, but taking time to refresh, disconnect from social media and devices, and spending some time with your inner self, God, Allah, whatever you choose to refer the creator as, is also very important. If quiet and silent meditation is not for you, try listening to some encouraging meaningful music in the morning, reading a page from a daily devotional book, or listening to a podcast from your favorite online preacher or life coach. Whatever you do, take the time to feed your spirit a healthy dose of positivity. It will help build you up before you head out to face the world. This can also be done at night. Even five minutes is good. Trust me you won’t regret it.

Well, that’s all I had on my heart for today. If you enjoyed this post, please give it a thumbs up and share it with your family and friends.

Peace and light,


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger!

Peace Family,
Are you maintaining or achieving? That is the question I'm posing today. It is a question I ask myself often. We all have different goals and aspirations. However, in order to achieve them, we all have to take the time on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis to answer a few questions.
  • What is it that I would like to accomplish?
  • What would it take to achieve this goal?
  • How can I rearrange my life to incorporate time to work on this goal?
We live in a time where organizing our lives is quite simple. With the help of smartphones, tablets, and computers we can add appointments to our calendars, add several reminders for each event, and store information for quick reference. Let's use technology to our advantage. We often here cliché statements such as "you only live once," "time flies," etc., all of which are true. However, if we take the time to organize our lives in pursuit of our goals, even if we fall off the horse, we will be able to get back on with ease because we will have a plan to refer to.
Keep planning, keep stragegizing, on your journey to become Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger!! Feel free to share this with your family, friends, and loved ones. Happy back to school folks :)