Three Work-Life Balance Issues That Hold You Back - Harper Hallett Consulting

Three Work-Life Balance Issues That Hold You Back

Welcome to my Facebook live show.

What I want to talk to you today is about the three simplest issues that hold most newbie project managers back when trying to achieve a sensible work-life balance.

Work-life balance itself is a complete myth and in fact, I prefer to refer to it as life-work balance. And even that, there's a bit of an issue with that because that assumes that life and work are going to occupy equal parts of your day.

What we've got for you today is three simple issues that hold most people back when trying to achieve that sensible work-life balance.

The first one is that people totally focus on work and they fail to set life goals. Now most people in business get taught about smart objectives, and I prefer to call them smart goals because they're much more meaningful. But it's when we focus totally on work itself that we're thinking about our life. It's a bit like putting pebbles in a glass. If you imagine that work represents large pebbles and we fill the glass, which represents our life, full of those big work pebbles, and then we attempt to get the smaller life pebbles in as well, then we find the glass is full, and the reality is that there's no time for work.

The second issue that people face is that they have no plan. One of the best ways of creating that plan, and I don't mean a business plan, is a life plan which means that you plan goals that encompass the whole of your life.

The third problem that I often see in people is that they have no vision of the future. So they're literally going from day to day and have no plan of where they're going, no idea of what the destination is, both in their business life and in their personal life as well.

Now I did say there are three issues that we face, and three tips I've got, but there is actually a fourth one, which is the focus on life-work, or work-life balance itself.

As I said at the outset, it is a myth, and so what I prefer to do is to focus completely on the goals that I want to achieve. The best way of achieving a goal is to actually write it down, because unless it's written down, it doesn't exist. It's completely out there in the imaginary world, and what we need to do is to make it real.

Now one of the best ways of making it real is to create a goal template until you actually follow the same process and the same steps for every goal that you want to achieve.

Now I've actually created a template you can use, it's called the Power Goal Template, because it will actually train people how to achieve goals, they call them power goals because they're filled with power and the power to achieve. You can go to the website:


Download the Power Goal Template, and that will actually take you to another page with some instructions on how to actually use the template and the process to go through to achieve a specific goal. 

Chris Hallett

Chris is a Project Management Consultant and after over 25 years of running Project, Programmes & PMO has now turned his attention to helping other Project Professionals build high performing project teams. As an author, speaker and coach Chris has worked with many people one a 1-1 basis as well as in corporate life. To book a 1-1 Success call with Chris, go to:

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