Trying to cram everything in leads most people to give up quickly because they get so overwhelmed! Get clear first about what you value and where you want to spend your energy and attention. It isn’t about balancing your time. It’s about balancing your energy and attention. Make small changes to help you focus on
Commit to not using your laptop or BlackBerry at home on specific days. This will help you give your full attention to your family.
Read, but don’t answer, e-mail first thing in the morning. You are better able to manage your attention and stay focused if you set aside a designated block of time during the day to answer e-mail. Reading and answering e-mail in the morning and whenever they arrive is likely to get you distracted and off-task, which will decrease your productivity throughout the day.
Schedule lunch or dinner with friends on a regular basis and don’t let anything interfere. Every time you meet, coordinate your schedules and set a date for the next get-together.
Minimize unproductive side conversations at work that take your energy and attention. Stay focused on what needs to get done so you can feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
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