Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Balancing between work and personal time, part of Balancing Work and Life.
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When I talk establishing a time budget, it begins with the line in the sand. The line in the sand is that time where you're going to stop work and start your personal life each day. Now some people pride themselves on their ability to work as long as it takes working long hours. This misses out on a great opportunity. The opportunity is to build systems to be more productive. And to also be more rested each day. My personal line in the sand is 5pm.
That's when my kids come in and tell me it's time to play. Now your start and stop time may be different. It can be 5pm or 6pm or 7pm or whatever time. The point is that you have a commitment to a particular time and you stick to it. Also the idea of the line in the sand can be flexible. Perhaps your personal start and stop time is different on each day of the week. So take a moment and look at that one calendar that you have and figure out what would be an appropriate line in the sand for you.