3 Strategies for Work-Life Balance in the “New Normal” 

Available for Interviews: Dr. Travis Parry

Travis Parry, MA, PhD, is a speaker, coach, and educator and has a passion for helping others in achieve a healthy work/life balance. Parry is also the author of the #1 bestseller, Achieving Balance: Make Time to Reach Your Business and Personal Goals in an Overworked World. 

 

What Dr. Parry Can Say in an Interview:
3 Strategies for Work-Life Balance in the “New Normal”: 

Pre-Pandemic the idea of work/life balance was beginning to see a revival with some calling it impossible and others confused by a modern definition. When Covid-19 came and businesses were closed, the work/life balance came front stage again. Parents (some both working) were now dealing with school closures and remodeling their working from home to include homeschooling. Now as the country’s schools and businesses reopened and a “new normal” in Work/Life Balance appeared. With Zoom calls, text messages, and laptops more prevalent than ever, will we all be returning to the old ways of achieving balance?

Travis Parry’s Achieving Balance has three Key Strategies that can help with returning to this new normal without going back to old habits:

  1. Setting boundaries is essential. Having space and time to be focused is crucial. When boundaries are not established, people are often interrupted and can become very distracted. Returning to a new normal means to set boundaries that will work to help protect your time. If you want to be focused, then make sure to have physical boundaries that are realistic. That open door policy is great for helping others feel like you support them, but horrible for the amount of interruptions. Having a set time for conversations is great to keep boundaries.mYou might consider scheduling these daily or weekly, or having an open office hour on Zoom where your team can join on Zoom to discuss issues and challenges with returning. The important part of this strategy is that you set clear boundaries at work (regardless is virtual or in-person) and at home (especially if you are working from home.
  2. Prioritize your time. Just because we’ve had the autonomy of work hours and space during the pandemic from our team to do whatever, whenever is really ideal in the long run. When working from home, time management is essential to completing tasks and making deadlines. 
  3. Establish accountability. Without accountability structures in place, we may have fallen into habits of doing easier or more enjoyable lower prioritized activities instead of accomplishing more important duties and assignments because we may find them more burdensome or procrastinate completing them. Having accountability partners can really help in this area. These partners are there to help you thrive not hold you back. In families, sometimes accountability from a spouse or a parent isn’t optimal just like at work when a boss keeps a team member from performing at his/her best. Accountability partnerships at home and at work are crucial to achieving your goals in both areas and feeling that balance we desire even during these challenging times.

Going back to the office may be difficult now that your schedule might be less autonomous than during Covid. This is why it is so important to learn how to prioritize your time. Choose times both daily and weekly when you can do your most productive tasks. Also, be sure to include personal time for working out, eating right, spirituality, family time, etc., so that you can enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

 

Interview: Dr. Travis Parry

Travis Parry, received his masters in psychology and his doctorate in family and human development. He is a speaker, coach, educator, and author of Achieving Balance: Make Time to Reach Your Business and Personal Goals in an Overworked World. Originally started out as a financial advisor twenty years ago, Parry now coaches and speaks in the personal development space, whose primary mission is to help financial professionals and business owners to make healthy relationship and career changes that can positively affect their lives so that they can live with true purpose.

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