Statistics show that those that have a balanced work/life schedule are healthier and are more likely to live a longer life. Now who doesn’t want that. I have the great pleasure of being a part of a Peer Advisory Board that taught me how to schedule my time so that I am sure of a balanced life. We have labeled the schedule our ‘Pinnacle Schedule”. I have shared this concept with my staff and others who have said once implemented changed their world forever.
Why is this so important? According to the World Health Organization, diseases such as heart attack and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes represent 71 percent of all annual deaths worldwide, causing an estimated 41 million deaths every year. Lack of work-life balance cause much of the illness, discomfort and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions. The behaviors that impart the most risk and are a result of stress and lack of downtime include lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Having a schedule that allows personal and work time is important to practice because it gives you control in situations where it may seem that you lack control. It gives you the chance to step away from whatever issues are going on in the workplace and make yourself and your well-being a priority. While you may not be in control of all issues and situations, you can be in control of how you approach those disruptors with a schedule you stick to.
With it being the beginning of 2022, I encourage you all to seriously consider putting together your “Pinnacle Schedule”. For a more in-depth program on putting your schedule together, check out https://www.thrivegroupfl.com/.
Barbara Flynn, MSHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP