A Note from Jay Bordeaux, Director of Strategic Initiatives
In the bustling symphony of modern life, the chorus of obligations often drowns out the gentler melodies of leisure and solitude. To strike a work-life balance between these contrasting notes, I’ve had to “tune in,” adjusting and focusing my approach, much like calibrating a radio to find the most precise frequency.
One strategy I’ve found invaluable is front-loading my week. I set the tone for the remainder of the week by working on the most challenging assignments on Monday and Tuesday, gradually making the ensuing days easier. Using this front-loading strategy, I’ve maintained my equilibrium and avoided being caught off guard, as much as I can, by issues that may arise later in the week.
Yet, as with any intense period of exertion, recovery is paramount. Decompressing after long meetings or brainstorming sessions has become second nature to me. A simple walk for just 10 minutes not only clears my mind but also rejuvenates my spirit. This little break serves as a reset, ensuring that I tackle the following duties with a new outlook.
Speaking of rejuvenation, while most look forward to the weekend starting on a Friday, I’ve shifted my paradigm: my weekend begins on Wednesday evenings. This viewpoint may sound unconventional, but it helps me spread my downtime throughout the week, avoiding burnout and adding little getaway times to an otherwise hectic schedule.
Another essential component of my balanced existence has been delegation. I have come to understand the value of managing through frameworks instead of micromanaging. Rather than controlling every aspect, I offer a more comprehensive framework or direction, enabling different teams to use their imagination and knowledge to fill in the gaps. This management style reduces my workload and fosters a culture of independence and trust.
In the spirit of collaboration, I’ve been eager to share my reporting methodology with teammates. Doing so establishes a common language in which all teammates are tuned in to the same frequency. This produces a collaborative environment where ideas flow naturally, creating a palpable synergy.
In summary, striking a healthy work-life balance is a dynamic process rather than a fixed objective. By continuously tuning in, aligning our actions, and being mindful of the signals our body and mind send us, we can navigate the complex frequencies of life with grace and poise.