Understanding what is important

Having a good week at work with a pronounced sense of achievement is often down to more than just being productive or avoiding conflict, often our sense of achievement is directly linked to those things that are important to us, things that if we don’t do actually cognitively impact us in a negative way.

I’ll give you an example, for me it’s getting home every day so I can see my children, do bath time and put them to bed. If I am late home and this time is rushed or missed altogether, it leaves me with a sense of failure and discord and “what the hell and am I working so hard for?”

For you it might be going for a walk at lunchtime, or meeting your friends once a week after work, or calling your mother for a long chat rather than a rushed hello. Identifying these things therefore will help shape your priorities and therefore help you to focus on what is important in your life and therefore what shouldn’t be moved or changed.

Helping your team to identify these important features of their week and communicating them to you will enable both of you to get the most out of your week and help them feel like they are getting their own work / life balance in order. Once you understand that the Tuesday night 5-a-side football match is not to be sacrificed you can help empower your team to leave on time and prioritise their own well-being.

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