Work hard, play hard

#balancingact

The biggest challenge I’ve had to deal with lately is setting a calendar that gives me a decent work-life balance. There is only so much a person can do to be 100% on top of things all the time. However, if you have a good work-life balance, the imperfections are not as difficult as they seem.

1. Maintain a planner.
Update your calendar frequently so each of your work tasks and social responsibilities fit generously within your 7-day stretch of events. Over-booking and scheduling too many things within a certain timeframe can be dangerous. A well-utilized planner can make a world of difference to someone in need of balance and composure.

2. Prioritize.
Know your “whys” and “why nots” – if this is not buttoned up in your life, then you tend to lose sight of the reasoning behind your whole work structure. Make time outside of work to laugh, think, and cry with people that make life worth living. Isn’t that the reason why you’re working so hard in the first place? To earn a living, pave a future, or show someone that you appreciate the skills and techniques they taught you.

3. Manage the clock.
Time management is easily one of the most overlooked areas in a person’s life. This does not require you to wear a watch everywhere you go, but it does require you to be mindful of the clock. Personal and social down time are a must. Take advantage of meeting cancellations and remember that if an opportunity is missed professionally or socially, you have other doors to walk through in your journey.

4. Appreciate a content-filled life.
Pause and think about everything you have accomplished in the past year, 6-months, month, and/or week. It’s easy to lose sight of your achievements when you’re constantly thinking about what’s coming up next. Even if a situation does not end the way you anticipate it will, appreciate your lessons and takeaways.

5. It’s not all he said, she said.
It’s easy to point fingers at someone when things go wrong, but sometimes it’s not always their fault. You have full rights and ownership over your calendar. ‘No’ is a word in the dictionary, and you are allowed to use it every once in a while. You have a choice to change your circumstance, it may involve other people and their feedback, but ultimately it is up to your discretion. If you’re going to blame someone for your problems and busy schedule, blame yourself.

Life sequences through billions of events every day, just make sure you know how to balance out your schedule. All work and no play is no way to live. If you work as hard as you play, though, life will show you its full potential.

Super Bowl, special?

#SB49

Two days from now, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to watch Sunday Bowl XLIX on NBC. You may be watching the Big Game for your favorite team, Katy Perry’s [roaring] halftime show, the $4.5 million commercials, or because you want to participate in the tradition that is Super Bowl Sunday. Which leads me to ask, what really makes the Super Bowl so special?

For some people in America, the Super Bowl is bigger than most holidays. Sports fans, and non-sports fans, are dedicated to this day. There are no Black Friday deals to keep people away from their families and homes, and food, there is lots of food. It is common for the “unofficial” event planners to map out their recipes and grocery lists months ahead of time. People put their creative skills to test with guacamole grass fields and sandwich-made stadiums. No doubt, Pinterest is booming this time of year.

Might I add that people love football? It’s the biggest game of the year. This event unites people whether their teams are competing to win the famous Lombardi or not. Agree to disagree, the Super Bowl offers viewers the best and most-valuable matchup of the year. People get in the spirit, too. Jerseys are worn from across the league with other franchise-themed clothing, and for the die hards, you cannot forget eye black. True fans set up games to play before the game. This can consist of Super Bowl themed bingo, flag football, squares, or hot dog eating contests.

Some of my prime childhood memories were made on nights when the Super Bowl was being played. Much like the Masters Tournament, it is a special American tradition. The media gear their stories around certain players, leaving room for comical debates and discussions. Everyone has all eyes locked in from the pre-game interviews to the post-game trophy presentations. It comes with the territory of being a sports fan, there is always a good story waiting to happen.

Super Bowl Sunday is special. It is the one time of year where Americans come together to celebrate a sport… One that has changed the lives of millions of people. This sport, and day, serves as a positive distraction from life’s stresses. Overall, it represents an appreciation for God-given talent and athleticism, and a foundation of team unity.