It’s really hard to keep your mind on track sometimes. Your sitting at home and trying to unwind from the day, but you can’t keep from thinking about that conference call that happened 5 hours ago and didn’t end with a satisfactory decision to move forward. Or perhaps you are at work and you keep rehearsing the conversation you are going to have to have with a family member tonight and trying to concentrate on work seems to be impossible even though you have a looming deadline. Managing a healthy work/life balance is never going to be easy, but you can equip yourself with a way to try to concentrate on the right thing at the right time. I like to call this the “Midway Switch”.
Imagine you are on your way to work. Your commute is taking some time, and you are following a familiar path and familiar sights. Can you picture an approximate midway point on your commute? Maybe it’s a major intersection, perhaps it’s the farm that has 5 horses, or is there a body of water that catches your attention each time? Find a midway point that you are going to notice each day, and let’s make that your trigger point. The idea is that once you see that landmark, you are going to make the mental switch to focus on your upcoming destination. From your house to the midway point you are welcome to think about all the things in your “life” side of the balance equation. Once you reach the midway point it’s time to make the “Midway Switch” and turn your brain to the business side of your work life.
What you are training you brain to do is recognize that visual cue and give yourself permission to concentrate on the block of time that you have to devote to your career. You have heard that old saying “There is a time and place for everything” and that’s the idea that we are trying to capitalize on here. All those competing thoughts need to have time to rattle around your brain and get their share of the attention. Make it easy on yourself and keep work at work knowing that the home issues will have their time to shine after you reach that midway point on the way home.
Ok, so what if you don’t have a commute to a job? What do you do then…working from home makes it almost impossible to separate work life from home life. The same idea can apply to you too! Choose a space in your home that you can mentally determine is your work zone – a home office, or a desk in the kitchen, or the re-finished attic. Whatever it may be, once you cross that invisible line of space, go ahead and switch gears and put yourself in the mindset of work for your allotted time. We all need to be consistent about setting boundaries and sticking to them for our health and happiness.
Please leave a comment below to tell us the Midway Switch that you have chosen for yourself and whether it helped you to get in the right frame of mind.