Performance with Balance

It’s a fact – I love to work! I love to fall asleep after a long day of activity and feel the self worth that comes from giving it all I have when I travel on business. I love to wake up the next day knowing that I get to do it again. As a Road Warrior, I get to work every day as long as I want and then wake up to do it again, maybe in a different city or setting. Long days, long hours, long meetings, long reports, all generate a sense of inner value for me.

 Over the years, some lessons have emerged that have helped me maintain my edge when working away from home.

  • First of all, don’t start anything on the computer within 30 – 45 minutes before going to bed. I don’t know about you, but I can’t shut down the idea machine when I am trying to go to sleep if I have kicked it into gear.
  • Secondly, I set my schedule, when possible, to allow some down time.
  • Third, I rank order tasks based on if they are “URGENT”, “Important, or “nice to have”. Spend your time on tasks with the greatest impact. Not everything is urgent or important.
  • Next, delegate tasks, when possible, to others within your team or peers to handle when you are gone.
  • Finally, and really most important, try not to work more than 6 days in a row regardless of what day it is. With international travel, an official Sabbath may be difficult, especially if you cross the International Date Line to Asia, so create a “Sabbath” on a different day.

The Bible tells us in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”  But the Bible also teaches about balance. Ecclesiastes 3:17 says: “…a time for every activity, a time for every deed”, and, 8:6 reads “…There is a proper time and procedure for every matter.”

Today, I look at work in terms of short term “seasons” when I travel. Sometimes, these seasons have a feverish pace. The regulator of the pace is to make sure each season has a start and a finish that is set by me, not the circumstances of a demanding work schedule. When I keep things in balance, I can enjoy the accomplishments and keep from burning out along the way.

Coach Kirk Novak


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