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Gene St. Louis
VP Practice Solutions
McKenzie Management
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Work Hard Play Hard - Is Your Life in Balance?
By Gene St. Louis

Abraham Maslow’s theory of Hierarchy of Needs is based on his model of the hierarchy of human motivational needs, and apparently is one of the most widely accepted theories. I have seen references and attended workshops for years that discuss Maslow’s hierarchy in reference to needs that must be met before the next level of “humanness” can be obtained. Wikipedia offers this synopsis:

  • Human beings have wants and desires which influence their behavior; only unsatisfied needs can influence behavior, satisfied needs cannot.
  • Since needs are many, they are arranged in order of importance, from the basic to the complex.
  • The person advances to the next level of needs only after the lower level need is at least minimally satisfied.
  • The further the progress up the hierarchy, the more individuality, humanness and psychological health a person will show.

The needs, listed from basic (lowest, earliest) to most complex (highest, latest) are as follows:

  • Physiological: Breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion
  • Safety and security: Security of: body, employment, resources, morality, the family, health, property
  • Love/belonging: Social, friendship, family, sexual intimacy
  • Esteem: Self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of other, respect by other
  • Self-actualization: Morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts

So you might be asking yourself, how does Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs fit into Work Hard Play Hard - Is Your Life in Balance? It makes sense that if the most basic needs of physiological and safety/security are not met, one has a very difficult time achieving balance in life and the ability to work hard/play hard.

65% of Americans surveyed by Forbes on May 18, 2012 indicated that they were either somewhat unsatisfied (21%) or unsatisfied (44%) with their employment. Seeing the result of this survey made me think:  Why are so many employees unhappy with their jobs?I want to believe that most of us feel we have the first three levels of hierarchy of needs met, definitely the first two. In order to have the balance in life we all desire and talk about so much, you need to “Manage yourself, not your time.” For this to occur, we have to identify what are our TIME STEALERS. You see, if we manage ourselves properly we allow ourselves time for working hard and playing hard. Take a look and see how many Time Stealer interruptions you have in your daily work environment causing you to feel stress and be unproductive.

To list a few: telephone, personal visitors, meetings, tasks you should have delegated, procrastination and indecision, acting with incomplete information, dealing with team members, crisis management (firefighting), unclear communication, inadequate technical knowledge, unclear objectives and priorities, lack of planning, stress and fatigue, inability to say “No” and desk management and personal disorganization.

Before you read on, take your own personal time survey on the above Time Stealers. You are typically at work for 8 hours. Breakdown each of the above into minutes and list how much time in a day is put into each of those areas. Now total them up. You will be shocked at how much time is wasted that you have control over! Now, if you work the front desk as an example, the telephone is a necessity to your job role - but have you created an environment where the telephone is not being used properly? Another example is if the doctor is always running late with patients. Doing a time study in the chair is highly recommended to see where we are wasting time. Let’s take a look at some time management tips:

Tip: After scheduling becomes a habit, then you can adjust it. It’s better to be precise at first. It is easier to find something to do with extra time then to find extra time to do something.  Most importantly, make it work for you. A time schedule that is not personalized and honest is not a time schedule at all.

Tip: Now that you know how you spend most of your time, take a look at it. Think about what your most important things are. Do you have enough time? Chances are that you do not. The following are some tips on how to schedule and budget your time when it seems you just don’t have enough.

Tips for Saving Time:

  • Don’t be a perfectionist
  • Learn to say “No”
  • Learn to prioritize
  • Combine several activities
  • “Make Time for Success!”
  • “Learn to Beat Work Overload!”
  • “Time Can Be on Your Side!”

Part 2 – next time we will talk about qualities of leadership and delegation.

Interested in speaking to Gene about your practice concerns? Email gene@mckenziemgmt.com

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