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DAVIDSON: The Issue of Our Era: Work-Life Balance, Integration, & Harmony

Recurring positive thoughts lead to even greater positivity.

Jeff Davidson

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Especially during these trying times, organizations everywhere proudly proclaim that their people are their most important assets. Human resource departments, populated by human resource specialists, are assembled to ensure that the best people are brought on board, given the training and education that they need to be successful, and have an array of competitive benefits.

Over the years, however, as I speak at conferences and conventions, it has become abundantly clear that while organizations proclaim that the work-life balance of their human resources is important, actually it is given short shrift. Many times, when I’ve been booked to give a presentation or workshop on attaining work-life balance, integration, and harmony – and delivered more than 1060 of them – my session was scheduled by the host organization merely to placate attendees. These staff people then go back to an oppressive work environment, hoping for some type of respite as the weeks progress.

Misery Leaves Clue

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What are some of the hallmarks of a workforce not in balance? Whether in a booming economy or a rough economy, pandemic or not, you’ll witness the same type of phenomena. For one, credit card debt per capita remains high, meaning that people are spending more than they’re receiving. If they had sufficient funds to pay off their credit cards, and avoid the exorbitant interest, most surely would.

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Our workforce is gaining weight, which one might imply means that they have no time to exercise. Most people do have time to exercise but they choose not to, instead indulging in activities that require only armchair-related movement.

Perhaps worst of all, the reliance on chemicals – in liquid or pill form – is at alarming levels. Generally speaking, individuals who achieve a sense of work-life balance don’t need to pop pills for this and that.

Carve Out Space and Time

If your organization truly values work-life balance, you are fortunate. Whether or not that is the case, here are strategies to carve out a little space and time for yourself, if not every day, then at least several times per week:

1) Arrive at your workplace early. Don’t leave home at the last minute required to arrive on time. Depart 10 or 15 minutes earlier, even if not necessary. Why? When you arrive earlier than usual, you have a chance to center yourself, reflect on the day ahead, and make small changes to your immediate environment. All things being equal, the employee who arrives even five minutes early has a better chance of starting the day more focused than the employee who arrives with only a minute to spare.

2) Is it tough for you to eat breakfast at seven and last ‘til lunch at 12, with nothing in between? If so, bring healthy snacks so that you can take that break as needed and maintain your blood sugar level. Otherwise, you might have a craving for the kinds of foods that you don’t need: highly sugared, salted, or fat-laden snacks.

Yes it takes a little time in the morning to cut carrots or put peanut butter on whole wheat crackers, but the payoff comes over and over again as you feel more productive and energetic at work and your performance reflects that.

3) Linger occasionally, 30 to 60 seconds, before going to the restroom, before and after meetings, before and after lunch, and so on. Those extra seconds can make a huge difference in your mental health for that day, and cumulatively, for the days and weeks that follow.

4) When you’re at lunch, be at lunch. Don’t bring work with you, and don’t fret about what you have to do when you return to work. Consume a good, nutritious lunch. Actually taste the food, and chew it thoroughly. In short, do everything your mother told you to do several decades ago. It makes a difference.

Perception Does Matter

The personal quest for work-life balance is based more on perception than anything else. Those who periodically feel like they have work-life balance are better off than those who might actually have a balance between their work and personal life but don’t perceive themselves to have it!

So, despite some of the current hardships, acknowledge the good things going on in your career, at home, and everywhere in between. Your recurring positive thoughts lead to even greater positivity, and socially, collectively can help us all feel better when it comes to facing the future.

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Biden Refers to GOP Governors As Neanderthals for Ending Mask Mandate In Their States

But…unity!!

John Salvatore

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Didn’t Orwell write in “1984” about people being forced to wear masks so everybody would be deemed equal, meaning nobody could be called good looking or ugly? Has anybody made this comparison yet? Food for thought. Anyway, another Republican governor is finally doing the right thing. From Breitbart: Alabama will become one of the next states to eliminate a government-imposed mandate that requires people wear masks in public, sources close to the matter told Breitbart News. A source familiar with state deliberations confirmed that as soon as Friday but definitely in the coming days. Alabama will join several other states nationwide in removing its mandate requiring masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. https://twitter.com/willainsworthAL/status/1367214634231619584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367214634231619584%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fpolitics%2F2021%2F03%2F03%2Fexclusive-sources-alabama-to-join-texas-mississippi-florida-others-in-eliminating-mask-mandates-this-week%2F Check out Biden’s response… https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1367192228762963971?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367192228762963971%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Fvideo-biden-calls-texas-mississippi-governors-of-neanderthals-for-ending-mask-mandate%2F The governor of Mississippi fired back… https://twitter.com/tatereeves/status/1367204994458521616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367204994458521616%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Ftexas-mississippi-respond-to-biden-neanderthal-remark-about-their-decision-to-reopen And so did Texas Governor Abbott… https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX/status/1367243450140086274?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367243450140086274%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Ftexas-mississippi-respond-to-biden-neanderthal-remark-about-their-decision-to-reopen As you’d expect, Democrats aren’t pleased. The problem is that they truly believe 10,000 Alabamians have died from COVID. It’s not true. People are assigned COVID. https://twitter.com/aldemocrats/status/1367183477750325252?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367183477750325252%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fpolitics%2F2021%2F03%2F03%2Fexclusive-sources-alabama-to-join-texas-mississippi-florida-others-in-eliminating-mask-mandates-this-week%2F Dolts.

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White House Live Feed Conveniently Cuts Out After Biden Says He’ll Answer Questions

HAHAHAHA! Naturally.

John Salvatore

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Don’t let Joe speak! Even Biden’s handlers know he isn’t quick on his feet – or in public, in general. We’re talking about a guy who hasn’t held a single solo press conference since becoming POTUS. Check this out, via Daily Wire: Pressure is mounting on President Joe Biden to hold a solo press conference after he has set a modern-day record of 42 days without holding one. Even left-wing publications like CNN are calling out Biden for his lack of transparency, with host Jake Tapper tweeting: [CNN reporter Kevin Liptak] notes that an analysis of the past 100 years shows President Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office. Biden has not and it’s day 42.” LOOK: https://twitter.com/AZachParkinson/status/1367171678036451333?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367171678036451333%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fquestions-mount-after-biden-sets-modern-record-with-no-solo-press-conferences And here’s the clip from Wednesday where the White House feed cuts out after Biden says he’d be happy to answer questions… https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1367303322697400322

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