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Gain Control of Your Work & Your Life [Fulfillment@Work]

Fulfillment @ Work


September 15th, 2009
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Please forward this newsletter about feeling stressed to your family, friends, and coworkers.

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Feeling stressed?

If it's any comfort, you're not alone. According to a survey by Workplace Options, a Raleigh, NC, consulting firm, 65 percent of workers describe their jobs as somewhat or very stressful.

For many, their lives are totally out of balance. Are you one of them? Here's a simple way to find out. Check out one (or more) of these three web sites. Each offers a simple yes/no quiz to determine if your life is out of kilter.
(Is Your Life Running You Ragged?)
(Take a Stress Test)
(Are You Out of Balance?)

Even if you're one of the fortunate few who has his or her life in order, these quizzes can be very helpful. If nothing else, you'll learn some of the symptoms or signs that indicate stress and imbalance.

For example, one quiz asks, "I get disappointed in others often." Another probes, "I live a life full of pursuing what I want, instead of what I need" and "I look forward to every day."

Take note of these and the other indicators. Then, if you start experiencing these symptoms in the future, you'll know it's time to take action.

I've found that one of the best ways to restore balance and reduce stress is to establish boundaries. Learn more by reading the article below.

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It's been said that people pay more attention to balancing their checkbooks than they do balancing their lives.

In today's crazy, helter skelter economy, it's no wonder so many of today's workers feel their lives are "overdrawn."

But you can restore sanity and balance to your life the same way you get your financial house in order.

The key is setting boundaries. Like setting limits to control personal spending, you establish limits on how you budget your time.

For example, you might promise yourself that you'll leave work every day no later than 6 p.m. Or vow to spend at least 30 to 45 minutes for lunch each day, away from your desk.

Boundaries are commitments you make around the things that are important, standards you want to live by, ideals you want for yourself and rules that protect you to live the life you want.

Here are some other ways boundaries can help you gain control of your work and your life:

1. Limit your office-related cell phone or email use after hours or on weekends. Return calls or emails when you're back at work.

2. Agree with coworkers you won't talk about business during lunch, breaks or after-hours social events.

3. Don't take your computer, pager or cell phone on vacation.

4. Establish an "interruption-free-zone" during your work day where you close your door to visitors, don't answer phone calls or emails.

5. Learn to say "no." Use your job description as a way to filter out assignments that should be done by others.

6. Establish priorities and use them as a template for spending your time, delegating projects to others or not doing them at all.

7. Recognize what is most important in your life and make time for it. Some common important items that you might be missing or wanting more of might be time off, vacations, exercise and time with family and friends.

8. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Know your limitations and if you sense you're reaching the edge, talk to your supervisor or colleagues.

Make gaining control of your work and life a priority. Set boundaries, commit to them and fiercely protect them.

Remember, it's your life that's in the balance!

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"We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance."

~Dr. Kathleen Hall,

"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man."


"But everyone I know reaches a point where they throw out their arms and go berserk for a while; otherwise you never know what your limits are. I was just trying to find mine."

~Robert Smith

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