Member Gil Ben-Dov Speaks: Optimize Yourself Holistically

The Challenge:

The case at hand was brought by the CEO of a business in a highly expansionary phase. Though already feeling maxed, this CEO was considering devoting even more time and energy to the business.

If you were in this situation, what would you do?

If I were in your shoes, I’d pause and reflect on how much time I devote to non-work priorities. Improving these other parts of life will also positively affect work.

Are you currently giving the majority of your time and attention to work duties, and still considering slamming the accelerator down on an engine that is already redlining? How much time are you currently devoting to self, family and community? If the answer is “not much,” I recommend restructuring to give these essential areas more attention. Once, I learned that a balanced approach is to give 25% of your time to each major life area: self, family, community and work. While these exact proportions are not dogma, the truth is that if we do not allocate significant time to take care of ourselves, be with our families or improve our communities, we ultimately suffer negative consequences that detract from our ability to do our job.

“Self” means setting aside time to exercise, think, relax and sleep. “Family” not only means being there for our kids and spouse, but also being there entirely and not lost in thought over that last email or sales meeting. “Community” means engaging with and helping others. The truth is that no strategy of time management can allow us to shortcut these critical parts of our life. We must honor them with our undivided attention, week in and week out, and through this process, we find that we are more insightful, effective and visionary in our work. Good luck!