KISS Keep It Simple Stupid or keep it simple stupid is a term we regularly apply to business. Technology can often blur the lines between business and personal life and our lives have more tasks than the generations that preceded us, we could learn a lot to KISS at home.
- SLEEP understand what your days look like, and how much energy you need. Too many people are not getting enough sleep. Don't waste time at night on rubbish TV, or associates that don't matter. Of course invest the time in the things and people that do, but know when to cut off, and hit the pillow to be fresh for the next day.
- LOW MAINTENANCE first impressions are everything. However, that does not mean you need to spend a long time getting ready in the morning. I changed my hair style in my late 20's so that I could get ready end to end in 30 minutes or quicker, and be out the door. The same is true for your outfit. If you are a woman for example, you could consider dresses which can easily be put on with no ironing needed, and look great. Hybrid has a great range of outfits
3. Eat To Live and Don't Live to Eat. It is important to give your body what it needs, think about what the food is giving you. It is too easy if you are staying in hotels to slip into bad habits, try to pick hotels which have health services, and good menu options. If you are at home cooking food can take 5 to 15 minutes, it's a myth that you have to spend a long time in the kitchen. There are obvious go to recipes like Jamie's 15 minute meals or alternative quick and refreshing recipes from Ottolenghi.
4. SET YOUR BARRIERS don't stay at work just to be seen;instead be effective in the time that you are there. If you don't set your barriers then your life will not be how you want it.
5. TRAVEL EFFICIENCY if possible think about how to make your travel more efficient. There is no one size fits all solution here. It would be down to personal circumstances. Try to reduce the time it takes to get to work: look for a job nearer to work, working from home or accommodation that is closer (where possible). Take public transport so that you can utilise the time it takes to travel to work.
6. INVEST IN WHAT MATTERS your time is your investment. Take time for you, and choose to invest in the things that make you happy, give you energy and make a difference to your world.
Work life balance is not as simple as just a KISS...so it's best to leave you with Nigel Marsh who provides an insightful view on the subject.