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Work-life balance; What Does that Really Mean?

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Work-life balance is a term used for the idea that you need time for both work and other aspects of life, whether those are family-related or personal interests. The saying goes that ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.But work, or at least some kind of contributory effort, whether paid or voluntary, is often recognized as being important for personal satisfaction, so it seems likely that ‘all play’ would be dull too.

The Origin of the Idea of ‘Work-Life Balance’
The idea that rest is vital for productive work goes back millennia.

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

-Genesis 2:2

In the 1800s, during and following the industrial revolution, industrialists and unions alike agreed that workers needed a day off. This later became a two-day ‘weekend’. But in those days, ‘work’ was mostly manual, and once workers left the site, they also left their work behind. They were genuinely able to rest, away from work, without having to think about it or worry about what might be going on in their absence.

Times have changed dramatically.

The phrase ‘work-life balance’ is rather more recent in origin. It was probably first used in the UK in the late 1970s, and in the US in the mid-1980s. It has, however, taken on a new meaning with the recent technological changes that have made it possible for workers to stay in touch 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Smartphones, remote working technology and the like have meant that, even on holiday, people find it hard to ‘switch off’ and genuinely rest, and the complaint is often that people are expected to be ‘on-call’ at all times, without being allowed to have a life outside work.

The Importance of Work-Life Balance

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Before anything else can be considered, basic physiological needs such as food, water, and shelter must be provided. After that, people need to feel safe, and then to be loved and belong to a group.

They then move on to issues of self-esteem, cognitive needs, and aesthetic needs, and finally, at the top of the pyramid, there is self-actualization, or achieving your full potential as a human being.

What this means in practice is that work provides for basic needs: money earned provides food, and shelter, and a regular income means safety. Work also allows people to belong to a group, and doing well at work boosts self-esteem. The lower levels are all largely met through aspects of working.

Stress and Rest

As our page on Stress explains, while some level of stress can be very productive, prolonged and high levels of stress can lead to mental health problems, including burnout and depression. These are not just personal problems: time off work for mental health problems is extremely expensive for businesses.

It is well-documented that rest and, particularly, being able to detach from work is vital for reducing stress.

With almost half of people reporting that their jobs are either ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ stressful in a survey in the US, this means that the idea of a work-life balance is increasingly important to the economy.

Achieving a Work-Life Balance:
A Suggested Process
Achieving a work-life balance can be a challenge, but these ideas should help you to make a start:

1. What is the nature and scale of the problem?
Before you can make things better, you have to understand the problem.

Try keeping a diary for a week, and set out how much time you spend on each activity, both at work and outside. That will give you an idea of your current work-life balance. You may also find it helpful to separate chores, including driving children to activities, and ‘fun’.

Once you can see how your life separates into work and ‘other’, and into chores and fun, you can start to work out how to make changes to improve the balance.

2. Identify the ideal scenario
In many ways, this process is a bit like strategic thinking.

First, you need to know where you are, then where you want to be. Think about how you would like your life to look.

What would be the ideal balance between work and home?
How would you like to be spending your time?

Top tip: Clocks

One very useful technique for this is ‘clocks’.

Draw two clock faces on a page, one for an ideal weekday and one for an ideal day at the weekend.

Split the day up into chunks to show how you would like to spend it: how much time in bed, how much time doing chores and other necessary but boring things, how much time working, and how much time on other things.

Be specific about the other things, whether those are playing with the children, practicing a musical instrument or learning a language. The discipline of having a clock face forces you to fit your activities into the time available, and you can see whether your ambitions are realistic.

You can expand this to seven clock faces, one for each day of the week, if you wish.

3. What changes do you need to make to get from ‘now’ to ‘future’?
Look at your current situation and at your ideal scenario.

Identify three to five key changes that will help you to move from ‘now’ to ‘future’. For example, if you have identified that you want to confine weekend overtime to an hour in the evening on Sunday night, then what do you need to do to achieve that?

Concrete steps that you could take include:

  • Telling your colleagues that you will not be checking emails at the weekend;.
  • Putting an out-of-office notification on your email to remind people;.
  • Putting your work phone and computer away somewhere during the weekend. If your work emails come to.
  • your personal smartphone, then remove the account, or get a dedicated phone for work; and.
  • Telling your family what you intend so that if they catch you checking emails they can remind you.

You can take control of your life, and make time for the things that matter to you, but nobody else is going to do that for you. If you want to spend more time out of work, then you will have to start leaving work earlier or arriving later.

You may need to learn to be more assertive with your colleagues, and particularly start to say ‘no’, if anyone asks you to take on more (and see our page on Assertiveness Techniques for some helpful tips).But once you start looking to make changes, you may be surprised how easy it is to achieve a better work-life balance.

Achievement and Enjoyment are the front and back of the coin of value in life. You can’t have one without the other, no more than you can have a coin with only one side. Trying to live a one sided life is why so many “Successful” people are not happy, or not nearly as happy as they should be.

You cannot get the full value from life without BOTH Achievement and Enjoyment. Focusing on Achievement and Enjoyment every day in life helps you avoid the “As Soon As Trap”, the life dulling habit of planning on getting around to the joys of life and accomplishment “as soon as….”

My caffeine source is diet cola. But I’m a somewhat fussy diet cola drinker. I don’t like cans or bottles, I like fountain. And there is a big difference in fountain drinks. So I know all the best fountains within a five-mile radius of my house and office. My favorite is a little convenience store near my home called Fitzgerald’s.

The concept of work-life balance is continually evolving, with workers across different generations having their own what it means and how it should be achieved.

Because work-life balance is so personal, it’s natural that its definition will vary according to many factors such as life stage, family commitments, health conditions, personal events and changes, and our personality types and attitudes to life.

In fact, there are almost as many definitions of work-life balance as there are people in the working population.

But if there’s a common thread in the various thoughts on work-life-balance, it’s the minimization of work-related stress, and the establishing of a stable and sustainable way to work while maintaining health and general well being – something that may not always be achievable within the 9-5 desk-based working week.

Conclusion

A key issue in the work-life balance debate is where responsibility lies for ensuring employees have a good work-life balance. The general feeling is that employers have a responsibility to the health of their employees; apart from the moral responsibility, stressed-out employees are less productive and more likely to make errors.

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Content Writing Tips to Write Creative Quality Content

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It is very important to write an Article with Quality contents. Because the new generation is very busy, and no time for anything especially for reading, they want all in their hands. So we can make an article very easy by adding quality contents. It will help readers. For this we should know how to write, and how to add quality contents. First of all concentrate on the topic.

Content is as important as the design and aesthetics of your website because it drives search engine results, increases traffic to your page and establishes your organization as an industry leader.The path for content marketers is clear. In order to boost SEO rankings, gain traffic and/or leads, you need to have great content on your blog or website.The path for content marketers is clear. In order to boost SEO rankings, gain traffic and/or leads, you need to have great content on your blog or website. Penalize sites with duplicate content. Put another way, Google wants to reward high quality sites that contain original content. So not only does great content make a better website, it also improves your site’s rankings, which can have a very positive impact on your business.

Whatever your reason for having a content site, whether it’s for business or a personal hobby, it’s important to do it right.Your content has to be better. It has to stand out. And it has to strike a chord with your audience, and engage your influencers. You can’t write that kind of content consistently off the top of your head. You need research.

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Here are some tips that helps to write quality contents:

1. Always keep a stack of good ideas up your sleeve.

Nothing wastes a writer’s time more than sitting down to write and not knowing what you want to say.If a deadline is looming, you’re just stuck in that chair until inspiration strikes. This is a major time-waster. That pressure to deliver a great post idea — right now — also inhibits creativity for many writers.Keep a running list of possible content topics — I keep track of mine with the free WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin.I also keep newsletters and possible headline sources in an email folder together. With my raw idea material organized, it doesn’t usually take more than a half-hour to scan through everything and add enough ideas to my list to hold me for weeks.

By contrast, trolling for ideas one at a time can easily consume countless hours.Thinking ahead can help you see how your posts’ topics relate to each other, which can spotlight gaps that additional posts could fill. Presto! New post ideas.You might also spin related posts into a content series. Grouping topics helps the writing flow faster. If some breaking news crops up you want to write on, you can always move another post idea forward.Now that’s far preferable to finding yourself with no idea for tomorrow’s post, and little beads of sweat forming on your furrowed brow.

2. Perform Research on Your Chosen Topic

It doesn’t matter whether the content you’re creating is visual, audio, or written — research is imperative.

Even if you plan to write solely based on your personal experience, you still need to research your topic.I know some writers who, after researching topics similar to theirs, end up sounding like the posts they researched on the first page of Google, although they had their own unique insights to share.Don’t be like them.Research to know what you can improve on based on the already existing content you find.If your ideas are different from what you discover during your research, don’t be afraid to include them in your content. Otherwise, you’ll end up sounding like everyone else.

3. Choose Your Own Unique Perspective

Creating content that is similar to what others have already created is sometimes inevitable.But that often means you can stand out in several ways with careful forethought and planning.Let’s use the headline of this post as an example.You could separate your content just by changing the headline to something different, like:

How Not to Create High-Quality Content

A Data-Driven Guide for Creating High-Quality Content

Why You Shouldn’t Create High-Quality Content

Why Creating High-Quality Content Doesn’t Work

These are some examples showing what’s possible and you can apply this to a host of other topics.

4. Apply Your Own Data or Experiences

Do you have any data or experience in relation to your topic if any? If you have any experience and/or data supporting or disproving a popular opinion, you can – and should – use them.Your experience doesn’t necessarily need to be an isolated case.From the examples above, it can be borne from a series of experiences (yours or other people’s) that form a pattern that contradicts popular opinion on an idea.

5. Use Different Content Forms

You can complement written content with other media, such as:

  • Pictures.
  • Screenshot.
  • Memes.
  • Info graphics.
  • Charts.
  • Videos.

Visual content generally may include text, while videos can have charts, pictures, screenshots, and text.

The point is, use multimedia to enhance your content. Don’t skimp on adding different content forms to your piece.

6. Review the Final Piece

One big problem with creating quality content is a lack of time.

When you’re under pressure to publish content on a fixed date following your editorial calendar, sometimes you may produce less than stellar content. That’s why you should always create content ahead of times so that there’s enough time to review and determine if it’s good enough for publishing.If it’s written content and you just write and post immediately, what you publish is a first or rough draft. And most writers agree that first drafts are crappy.Let the article stay for a day or two, then come back to it. You’ll easily identify areas you can improve or areas you should remove for clarity because they don’t add much to the discussion.

Conclusion

In a world brimming with content, standing out requires creating high-quality content. It’s an important part of any your SEO arsenal.Sure, due to the prevalence of poor content, some niches have a greater need for high-quality content than others, but there’s still room for you to create exceptional content in your niche.

 

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Real Life Backup Plans

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How to Back-up Your Life

Too often people go through life with a tunnel vision approach of how they plan to go about their daily activities, long term goals and work related endeavors. Life is always tossing in the monkey wrench. Any well thought-out strategy is successful because the planners know that “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Not only do back-up plans keep you calm in times of duress, but they also offer two important attributes that should always be accounted for before planning anything in life: flexibility and adaptability. Flexibility allows you to change plans without notice which means you can adapt to any situation that arises to achieve your intended goals. There are areas in life where you should always have a back-up plan.

Here are some ideas for a back-up plan in various areas of your life:

1. Financial

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  • Keep around 3-6 months of income as deposit to deal with emergencies.
  • Plan savings for retirement, college funds, and other future needs/wants.
  • Always pay my bills on time.
  • Make a habit of paying taxes regularly and on time.
  • Make sure that you’re only spending a small percentage of income in risky investments. (3 to 5 percentage)
  • Don’t spend ever beyond income.
  • Stay in access to a good accountant.
  • Financially knowledgeable and understand how to manage money.
    I have an up-to-date will.

2. Home

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  • I have insurance.
  • I keep my important papers (and other valuables) in a safe place.
  • I have a security system, fire extinguisher, and a smoke alarm.
  • I have an escape plan that I’ve shared with my family.
  • My important papers are orderly and easy to access.
  • I have emergency contact numbers easily accessible.
  • I have protection against identity theft.
  • I have photocopies of my driver’s license, passport, social security card, and birth certificate.
  • I have a friend or family member who can help in case of emergency.

3. Career

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  • I have an up-to-date resume.
  • I have a good feel for my job security and the financial health of my employer.
  • I am regularly updating my skills or working to make myself more valuable.
  • I stay informed about other career opportunities in my industry.
  • I network often and have a strong circle of associates in my industry.
  • I have ideas for working independently or as a consultant if necessary.
  • I feel confident about my interview skills.
  • I understand how to use social media to connect with others professionally.
  • I’m aware that my emotional intelligence plays a vital role in my career success and I have a high emotional IQ.

4. Health and Safety

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  • I follow my regular medical check-ups and recommended preventative procedures.
  • Engage in activities that reduce stress.
  • I use safety precautions such as seat belt, helmet, sunscreen, etc whenever necessary.
  • I don’t speed or take risks when driving or engage in other high-risk activities.
  • Confirm sound sleep for 7 to 8 hours everyday.
  • Work on mental health continuously and see a counselor if requires.
  • I allow myself plenty of time to get where I’m going.
  • If I live in an area prone to natural disasters, I have a plan of action for my escape and/or safety.

5. Relationships

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  • I understand the qualities of emotionally mature relationships, and I work to practice those.
  • Give importance to primary relationships (spouse, partner, children, parents) ahead of everything else in my life and tend to them lovingly.
  • I have good communication skills and can deal with conflict in a healthy way.
  • Limit over-promise or over-commit.
  • My emotional needs are met, and I work to meet those of my loved ones.
  • I have many fulfilling friendships and business relationships.
  • I practice forgiveness and try not to hold a grudge.
  • Reduce association with people who can harm me, my reputation, or my peace of mind.
  • Control my aggressive behavior.

The dreams that you hold for your future are what you dream about at night. They’re always at the back of your mind. They’re what your heart desires. They keep you going. Accept reality and have a backup plan ready all the time. Always follow your dreams no matter what.

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Donkey In The Well -True Inspirational Story

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True Inspirational Story – Donkey in the well.

This is one of the most inspirational stories that teach the importance of getting rid of obstacles and use it as a stepping stone to reach the next level.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. they all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

Always Remember in Life that:

Life is going to throw dirt on you.

The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off & take a step up.

Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up. But by taking a step up.

In this world people will always throw stones in the path of your success, it depends on you. You make from them A wall or A bridge.

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