All work and no play makes the world a better place? Unlikely…

October 3, 2008 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Reminded by Tom:

We all work pretty hard here at Bright Green Talent. When you’re building an organisation that you believe can help contribute to mitigating issues such as climate change, pollution etc – it’s hard not to deeply, or sometimes over commit yourself.

If you’re  starting a new job, or building a business, it’s vital to remember that you can only do so much. Each day offers an opportunity to push yourself along the journey and to learn and grow, but if you retire to bed each evening musing on all the things you’ve yet to achieve, rather than those you have, you’ll struggle to maintain that energy over time. Perhaps this is a necessary by-product of getting off the ground, but I believe that it’s unsustainable. Certainly many of the entrepreneurs I’ve spoken to admit to over-committing in the early stages of  their businesses.

How is it possible to maintain a work-life balance when you’re bringing an organisation to life, or starting in a new role that you love? Here are some of the ways we keep ourselves sane here at Bright Green:

  1. Learn to turn your emails off. Whether at the weekend, the evening, or on your blackberry – you need time to reflect without constantly reacting to the barrage of other people’s thoughts.
  2. Reduce your emails!
  3. Turn off your phone when you’re busy, or when you’re spending quality time with your self and others and don’t want to be disturbed.
  4. Work smart – be effective, it’s your productivity, not your hours that will help you achieve what you want to achieve.
  5. Take time to breathe, follow the advice of our founder Paul in his first book.
  6. Work each day at a time, don’t worry about tomorrow’s work till tomorrow, unless you can mitigate that worry today.
  7. Take a walk – get up and out of the office if you’re feeling hemmed in.
  8. Meet on the hoof – if you have to have a meeting with someone, do it whilst walking rather than sitting at a table.
  9. Take regular holidays
  10. Remember that your family, your health and your loved-ones are all more important than your job, no matter how important you are.

None of this will come as a lightening bolt… but very few people have truly found the balance.

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