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Achieving Work/Life balance in Thailand

Submitted by on Monday, 21 February 20112 Comments

Just over a year ago we introduced the simple framework we use to help individuals capture the most important areas of their lives in a way that helps them manage their time and tasks productively.

That framework – Altitude and Latitude (the post is here if you have not already read it) – really helps professionals get control of their day-to-day lives and work purposefully towards achieving their personal vision.

To recap, the axis of Altitude captures time from the immediate present (‘Runway’) until 5 years and more out.

The axis of Latitude meanwhile, covers the ‘Five Pillars’ we regard as the most important areas of everyone’s lives if they are to achieve a healthy work/life balance – the pillars of physical wellbeing, people and family, professional life, passion and purpose and finances.

We’ve illustrated these in the graphic below:


How Altitude and Latitude can help you soar!

 By itself, the above graphic is just a conceptual way of seeing time and the recurring patterns of tasks and behaviours that matter most to us in life.

Where it really comes into its own is when we set up our time management system in order to help us gain Altitude by overcoming the pressures of day-to-day life. Here are the key steps you need to take in order to do that:

1. Conduct a mind sweep, then a desk sweep.

Get everything out of your head and into places where you can start acting on those items and tasks, rather than worrying about them. You can find a great process for that here.

2. Create a filing system that’s simple and effective

One of the challenges professionals face, that becomes a severe drain on their productivity, is that of not being able to manage workflow and locate information when they need it.

Having a simple and effective filing system is a real help to overcoming this challenge, and relieving stress.

Here’s the way to do it: simply buy 6 pocket plastic files and use one each for the 5 pillars above, with catch-all categories. This ensures everything in your desk gets swept into a place where you can track it. Then, every week review and purge your files, either into archives or trash. Job done.

3. Use a Day Planner, Week / Month Planner and Project Planner to get off the stressful ‘runway’ and up to 20,000 feet.

Look out for future posts of ours as we make these templates available – to be sure of receiving them why not subscribe to our posts by entering your email address in the yellow box (‘Talent Talk’) on the right hand side of our site.

4. Use motivators to visualise your goals… and realise them!

In future posts, we’ll also share some of the techniques we use in our Productivity Factor programme that helps you articulate and reach your goals, and bring that ‘50,000 feet’ level ever closer!

If you found this helpful, you’ll love this…

If you have found the above helpful and are interested in applying these, then why not ask us about Productivity Factor, our one day time and productivity management programme that will put you – and your colleagues – back in control of your workflow and create that all-important work-life balance!

Simply follow the link below to get more details…

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