David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends.
He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections.
David blogs at http://www.davidleeking.com.
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In today's world, you have easy access to smartphones, tablets, laptops, emails, text messages, and social media accounts that pretty much assure you are always connected. To friends, to family, and yes – to work.
And most likely, I'd guess that you are one BUSY person! You might not slow down when you “go home for the day.” That's certainly true of me. I have a normal job, a part time consulting/speaking/writing business, and a couple of leadership positions in local organizations around town. So yeah - my work/life balance is a bit off-kilter. For example, I'm writing this article at 8:30pm at the kitchen table.
How do I deal with having a work/life balance? That's easy. I gave it up. One day I realized a simple truth: to me, it's all work, and it's all life! Work and life never stop - I'm always a librarian, always a dad. I always have stuff to do at work, and stuff to do when I get home.
So, instead of stressing out over trying to balance my work life and home life, I try to focus on my priorities. Instead of having two (or more) lists of priorities, I have one list.
And then, I make sure that I make time for those priorities.
Thankfully, today's techie tools can help!
Stop compartmentalizing your life into work/non-work/other work priorities, and all those "things you really like to do but never have time for" activities. Instead, figure out a manageable list of priorities, and then tackle those. You'll be happier, probably more productive, and will probably be able to do some of those "things you really like to do but never have time for" activities.
Not a bad deal!