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  • Work-Life Balance

  • Cameron Kelley
    Chief Scribe

    <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>There are many factors that are important for someone to be as successful as possible in what they do – drive and passion, intelligence and insight, good organization just to name a few. But above all these, in my opinion, is a good work-life balance. Without it, you can have the most passion but still get burnt out, be the smartest in your area but still not be able to solve a simple problem, or have the best organization skills but forget about a small detail or deadline. We all constantly have a lot on our plates – multiple implementations, action plans, high turnover, side projects, and any number of other items. It’s easy to forget how important it is to take a little time to ourselves on a regular basis, but when we do find that balance and allow ourselves that little bit of “me time”, we set ourselves up for even better chances of success with everything we do. </span>

    <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>For me personally, work-life balance really just means finding time to be outside. While this may mean going out for 30 minutes and shooting my bow, or going for a hike on the weekend, it typically consists of fishing. I’ve had a lot of people tell me before that they could never get into fishing because they’re not patient enough, and it’s true that there is a lot (and I mean A LOT) of “do nothing” time. People have asked me before what I do while I’m out there to pass the time. They ask me if I play games on my phone, catch up on emails, etc. The truth is….I don’t do anything. Half the time I’ll leave my phone in my car. When I do keep it with me, I set it to Do Not Disturb so only my parents can reach me in case of an emergency back home. Sure, I’ll send a snapchat when I bring in a good fish, but otherwise my phone may as well not be even be there. There will be days that I just know it’s going to be a horrible day of fishing and that there is a 1% chance I catch something, but I still go. Sure, I spend the whole time standing there waiting for a bite that I know won’t come that day, but doing nothing, just standing there, casting my line, listening to all the sounds, watching the sun set over the lake….that’s the real beauty of it, and that’s what truly allows me to reset. </span>

    <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>How do you find a work-life balance? Is this something you need to work on as we approach another new year? Let me know!</span>

    Julie Casteel
    Regional Manager

    The goal I have for my region is to get it so stable it essentially runs itself. It took me about 6 months into the transition to be able to start to work on a work-life balance and this was really key to feeling like I could step away. In the interim, as you get there, you want to try to set things up right.  Example, mentoring your team so well that they’re all S4 or set recurring reminders on tasks (CSMR sign ups, sending out mail merge check ins, etc) so you can manage little things on autopilot. The hard work now will pay off.

    Regardless, the biggest thing will be in setting limits. Example, not working weekends or into the wee hours of the night. I literally block my weekends off in my calendar so I have to override my preferences and others don’t schedule calls then. I’ll let my team know when I’m going off the radar for the weekend (usually, I’ll check my email a few times) and then delegate to my #2s. If something really significant comes up, they can call me.

    Norg’e Tisdol
    Regional Manager

    Due to recently transitioning into a new region, I am trying to find that work-life balance again with stabilizing my sites. I’ve started to have that work-life balance, but it may be short lived as I will face significant turnover next summer for 3-4 of my larger sites with complex scheduling. My plan is to start recruiting and transitioning out the scribes in April/May so that I don’t have too many negative consequences of the turnover, but we know how tricky that can be at times.

    The thing I typically neglect is setting limits as Julie said. My husband constantly reminds me of that and helps me to set them on the weekend when I can’t turn it off. I will be using the Do Not Disturb function on my phone starting next year, that is one of my New Year’s resolutions so I can maintain the balance and my weekends.

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