By: Brandon Nguyen, Director of Operations and Coach
Seeking Work, Life, Harmony
As a coach and athlete, I have always used the word “balance” to describe my training and my personal life. “Balance” your day, so that you can train before the kids get up for school. “Balance” your time away from work so that you can get your run in before dark. I have come to realize that the notion of balance is inconsistent with our lives. Much like technology at our fingertips, training is all around us. It is time for us to re-think the notion of “balance” and replace it more aptly with harmony. If you are able to replace balance with harmony, the integration into your everyday life might be that much…well, harmonious.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Integrate your active life into your everyday. Parking your car as far as possible into the parking lot, taking the stairs up to your office, biking into work are all great examples of how you can most efficiently use your time.
- Realize that you will never at any given time be doing just one thing. We often compartmentalize our days, but the reality is, sometimes you have to listen in on a conference call while on the treadmill. Help yourself by knowing that it is ok to multi-task with a mission.
- Be consistent. The best thing you can do for yourself when faced with a busy schedule is getting everybody else (including yourself!) on a schedule. Create a schedule, and stick to it.
- Focus on the quality to create your harmony. In the fast-paced life we all have, and the limited time for ourselves, steal a moment and remember to think of the quality you are putting into your training efforts.