Work/life bal­ance

Here are a few ways to keep your job while still re­tain­ing some space for the rest of your life

Owner Driver - - Driving Your Business - Lynette Gray

ARE YOU TIRED, worn out, over­worked? Do you have enough en­ergy to stop and say, “No, I will not stand for it any­more, I’m tired?” Ac­cord­ing to the Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion, drowsy driv­ing is sus­pected to be a pri­mary cause in more than 20 per cent of road fa­tal­i­ties. Most fa­tigue-re­lated ac­ci­dents oc­cur dur­ing reg­u­lar sleep­ing hours, and the more se­vere the crash, the more likely it is that the driver or driv­ers were fa­tigued. Fa­tigue is a pos­si­ble fac­tor in al­most onethird of sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crashes in ru­ral ar­eas (www.tmr.qld.gov.au).

Un­for­tu­nately, a lot of peo­ple think fa­tigue is only a prob­lem for long-dis­tance driv­ers, but it is also rel­e­vant for short­dis­tance drives. You don’t gen­er­ally be­come fa­tigued just from driv­ing. Usu­ally, they are other fac­tors that come into play, such as you are pos­si­bly al­ready tired when you get be­hind the wheel from long hours and/ or shift work, lack of sleep, sleep ap­noea or phys­i­cally de­mand­ing roles.

Be­fore you hit the road again, take some time to un­wind. Be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel make sure you:

1. Get plenty of sleep

2. Plan your trip – work out rest stops and overnight stops

3. Avoid al­co­hol

4. Check with your doc­tor for med­i­ca­tions that won’t make you drowsy

5. Eat sen­si­bly – not too lit­tle and not too much.

RECLAIMING TIME

What is ‘time’ and what does it ac­tu­ally mean? It seems no-one ever has enough time; it doesn’t mat­ter what we do in our life. Time is all we re­ally have. Be­ing busy is easy, but do­ing noth­ing is hard to ac­com­plish.

We all know other driv­ers and fam­ily mem­bers who are busy, but they never re­ally have much to show for it. Don’t con­fuse ac­tiv­ity with ac­com­plish­ment.

Imag­ine your time on this earth was money in the bank. When you were born, 100 years was de­posited into the bank. One hun­dred years is 36,500 days, 876,000 hours, or about 52 mil­lion min­utes.

Your life may seem like a lot of time, but ac­tu­ally for ev­ery sec­ond you are alive your life bank ac­count is de­pre­ci­at­ing. You can never get it back; when it is gone it’s gone for­ever. So let us re­claim some of your valu­able time with three quick tips:

1. Build in down­time in your life. At least once a week, al­low your­self the lux­ury of hav­ing a bit of time when noth­ing is planned, and noth­ing needs to be ac­com­plished right that minute, in­clud­ing jobs, obli­ga­tions and main­te­nance. Just do what­ever you feel like, when­ever you feel like it.

2. Plan for and stick to ‘off-work zones’. De­ter­mine what day, or times dur­ing a day, are off-lim­its for work­ing. Meal breaks, days off and clearly-de­fined work hours are a great place to start. De­cide that you will be off the road between the hours of 11pm and 4am ev­ery day, you will eat break­fast ev­ery day, you will phone some­one you love ev­ery day and stick to these de­ci­sions.

3. Say ‘no’.

Need I say more? Say­ing ‘no’ is the hard­est thing you will need to do, as you are re­spon­si­ble for your own fa­tigue plan. Gen­er­ally, peo­ple huff and puff when they are ig­nored or kept wait­ing but if you have some stan­dard re­sponses ready to go, sud­denly you will find that their ur­gent is not so ur­gent any­more.

In this re­sponse have a po­lite thank you, ex­press your ap­pre­ci­a­tion and a short ex­pla­na­tion as to why you have said ‘no’. It also helps if you sug­gest an al­ter­nate so­lu­tion to their prob­lem.

PRE­CIOUS MIN­UTES

As Ap­ple CEO Steve Jobs had said in his com­mence­ment ad­dress to the Stan­ford Univer­sity class of 2005: “When I was 17, I read a quote that went some­thing like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, some­day you’ll most cer­tainly be right’.”

It made an im­pres­sion on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mir­ror ev­ery morn­ing and asked my­self, “If to­day were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do to­day?” And when­ever the an­swer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change some­thing (www.busi­nessin­sider.com.au/the-full-text-of-steve-job­sstan­ford­com­mence­ment-speech-2011-10).

Are there things in your life you need to change?

With Christ­mas upon us, take the time to make the most of the pre­cious min­utes with your loved ones and cap­ture some mem­o­ries. Also, take un­in­ter­rupted time to think about your life and de­cide if you need to change some­thing?

If you can­not do this; take a risk and help some­one else who is in greater need than you. Don’t fear the judg­ment of crit­i­cism. Take some time and ask your­self some tough ques­tions about what re­ally mat­ters to you and act with hon­esty, love, and in­tegrity and live like there is no to­mor­row.

Time is a topic that is close to my heart and I wanted to share it with you.

Is your busi­ness giv­ing you the con­fi­dence and free­dom you de­serve?

Do you want to know more se­crets of my 25 years of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence? Just ‘like’ Load So­lu­tions on Face­book and I will send you a copy of the free book, 3 Mas­sive Prob­lems You Are Over­look­ing in Your Trans­port Busi­ness That Could Be Cost­ing You Thou­sands of Dol­lars.

I am also pleased to of­fer you a 30-minute free dis­cov­ery ses­sion where we can talk about “what is your plan, so ev­ery­thing doesn’t fall back to you” in your busi­ness. Or we can go deeper into your busi­ness, your fears, your story or your bat­tles within these 30 min­utes. It is up to you and guess what, it’s ab­so­lutely free!

Feel free to share this ar­ti­cle if you think it can add value to your fam­ily, friends or col­leagues.

Thank you, and I hope you learned some­thing new from this short read.

“Ask your­self some tough ques­tions about what re­ally mat­ters.”

Lynette Gray is an in­ter­na­tional author and launched her own niche trans­port busi­ness, gen­er­at­ing sales and build­ing the busi­ness from be­hind the steer­ing wheel, while rais­ing three sons. After 12 years, the busi­ness started to fail – un­de­terred, she changed di­rec­tion and de­vel­oped an exit strat­egy by im­ple­ment­ing sim­ple sys­tems that in­creased the bot­tom line, which al­lowed her to sell the busi­ness in record time at a greater profit. You can con­tact Lynette via the web­site www.wom­enin­work­boots. com or on Face­book at www.face­book.com/ load­so­lu­tions.com.au

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