Blended Living™ is a brand new innovation in work life balancing for the 21st century. Quite simply Blended Living™ is a methodology which enables you to maximize the opportunities of modern living, while taking control of the demands and conflicts. Blended Living™ is for anyone and everyone.
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Read on to discover the definitive guide to Blended Living™ and how it can help you.
So what do I mean by Blended Living™?
Firstly it means blending together the different aspects of your life rather than having the silo approach. ie This is work. This is family. This is fitness. The philosophy of Blended Living™ is ‘to kill two birds with one stone’ which has efficiency/time optimisation advantages but also enables you to reap the rewards of synergy between the different aspects of your life.
So here are a few examples to be thinking about.
One of my clients is a busy consultant (young free and single) who had a conflict between long hours at work and one of her prime goals to get to the gym and keep fit. The solution for her was to train as a fitness instructor. She took a mini sabbatical from work – 3 weeks to do her fitness exams. And chose to specialise. As a fully trained instructor she is now in demand from her local gyms. She instructs her beloved body pump class 2-3 times a week on a contract basis. So she now gets paid for doing the exercise she was trying to cram in each week. Not mega bucks but she doesn’t have to pay gym fees either. Plus the weekly commitment she makes to the gym to deliver the class puts a bit of pressure on her to organise her other work commitments round it.
There are lots of other examples. The possibilities for Blended Living™ are limited only by your imagination. There’s loads of family scope here. Finding activities that the family can go together, providing quality family time but also achieving one or more of your other priority areas too. Family sports activities. Cooking holidays (partners and/or families). I’m always looking for opportunities to combine kids and my career. For example, taking them into the office on Saturday morning (unbelievably exciting for under 10s, especially when mum sets off the security alarm and 10 police cars roll up). I’m not talking trying to get to grips with a heavy report here but using the time for less demanding but equally necessary routine task like admin, emails etc.
But there is another element to Blended Living™ too. It’s about ease of living. Finding the easiest, maybe quickest, most efficient or most satisfying way of doing something. The best way to illustrate this is to talk careers. It’s the round peg in the round hole syndrome. I’m not suggesting choosing an undemanding career which doesn’t give you personal stretch and embeds you cosily in your comfort zone. I’m talking aligning your personal swot to the required competencies of your role. Ensuring that your inherent strengths are fully exploited, while your ‘weaknesses’ (and we all have them) are not fundamental to doing your job. Plus aligning your personal vision and stakeholder needs with the working environment and culture.
You may be lucky enough to have fallen into a role where this all comes together naturally by accident. But in many cases it doesn’t and I see lots of clients were they are square pegs for that particular career-hole and their life is made so much harder because their core weaknesses are so fundamental to the role. All this focussing on weakness is very energy draining.
So max out that career fit!
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