Do you have balance? Want Some?

A means of judging or deciding. Mental and emotional steadiness. To bring to a state or position of equipoise. To bring into harmony or proportion.” Webster, 1995

“If someone else drops the ball, do you really have to pick it up?” (Mackenzie)
It’s important to remember that you always have a choice to say no to avoid overload.
You can’t do everything perfectly. Choose carefully, some things aren’t worth the extra effort.
Life is short, choose wisely.

Others’ work is theirs not yours, avoid the urge to step in and finish the job when it is not getting done.
Make a list of things that are important to you, and treat them with priority.
Practice saying no to low-priority or inappropriate requests.
Be realistic about the time needed to accomplish tasks.
Try using one calendar to schedule work, personal, and family time.
Set priorities; without them everything seems important.

For additional information about balancing work/life, check out the OSU Leadership Center website.

Some resources we recommend are:

The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less
Richard Koch. Currency Publishing Company, 1998

Time revolution, p. 145

The Procrastinator’s Handbook
Rita Emmett. Walker & Co., 2000

‘Just Say No’ quotes, p. 62
Information on setting limits and quotes, pp. 106-109

The Time Trap
Alec Mackenzie. AMACOM, 1990.

Workaholic Quiz, p. 17
Doing Too Much pointers/hints, p.92
Doing Too Much quiz, p. 93
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