Life-Work Balance: Setting an Ending Time

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on life work balance and creating work boundaries, the image shows a large ticking clock.

These days when the lines between life and work are not clear, I want to know if you set an ending time? Not only can it help your life-work balance, it can also make you more productive.

Back when I was writing my Ph.D. thesis, I took a “How to Finish Your Dissertation Class”. The best piece of advice from that class that I still use today is to have an END TIME every single day, no matter what.

Now, I may not get this 100% right every day but having an end time in mind for my day helps me more than ever to find a distinction between work and home life in these days where those lines are still very blurry.

And often what happens is that as the last 30 minutes are ticking away before my end time draws near, I become very focused on the main priority of my day, allowing me to push aside the busy stuff and finish up the one thing that I really needed to get done.

Watch the video for more. What’s your ending time each day? Do you have one? And I’m curious how the last two years changed that at all now that work-life balance has shifted for everyone.

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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