Work-Life balance is like a dragon: Its big, its on trend and its a myth

The people who talk about work-life balance and are tell you how amazing it is. How important and vital it is, and how if you do not have work-life balance you are a failure are probably:

1) Lying or

2) Selling you courses or books on work-life balance. There is no balance. There never will be balance because work is important and so is family life.

Balance means that neither receives the focus they deserve.

Sometimes it will get out of kilter. And that’s why what you’ll want to do is you fit your work into your lifestyle and vice-versa.

How I’ve done that is I’ve worked for myself, meaning that I can fit my work around my life and my life around my work. If you’re working for a big corporate, this will never happen.

They may talk about work-life balance, but in reality, everything is geared towards work and not your life.

So if you want to create a life that’s worth living and engaging with, work for yourself so you can intergrate your work into your life.

Let these quotes blow your mind this Monday

“Doing things is not the same as getting things done” – Jared Silver

“Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preprarion.” – Brian Tracy

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” – Rob Hill Senior

“If you love life don’t waste time for time is what life is made up of” – Bruce Lee

“It’s not about having enough time, it’s about making enough time.” – Rachael Bermingham

Have sales campaigns

Have sales hours for specific campaigns

Each week, you can dedicate a certain amount of your sales hours to specific types of calls and specific types of campaigns.

The reason why you should do this is to keep diversity in the calls that you make. To ensure that you are covering all the bases with your calls, but also so that you do not do the same type of call day in, day out.

With the variety, you will  get better at the calls. You will sound more interested, more engaged, and the clients will hear that in your voice and your passion will come across.

Go Dark for the benefit of clients and candidates

No this is not about going all James Bond. However, sometimes you literally just have to go dark. You have to turn off everything.

You have to turn off your phone, you have to turn off your email, and you have to get on with work.

You have to ignore the notifications.

Now, in recruitment, ignoring communication and telephone calls has always been a bit of a sin, almost a heresy in some circles. But I for one believe that if you’re always responding, you are not being responsible.

So sometimes you have to go dark to focus on those really important tasks and use the going dark method to essentially make important decisions.

Say for instance you have to make a decision on a software purchase between two suppliers. Say it’s for an Application Tracking System.

Now you’ve gone over all the details and what you do is you go dark. You take the details. You turn off your phone. You turn off your internet, everything. You go through the decision for a certain amount of time, say 25 minutes. Once that time has eneded, you make a firm decision.

That’s how going dark can be used for decisions. Additionally, if you have work to do that is not based on communicating with people, going dark is a great way of getting it done quickly and getting back on with other subjects.