FIVE POSTS TO CHECK OUT: Work-Life Fitness, Sleep More, Simplify, & Supervisor Support


Hello Readers, here are five posts you might want to check out this month. 


  1. Keep Evaluating

Simply Etta (here) presented a nice post with four tips (ideas) for work-life “fitness” – which included cutting out the things that don’t add value, taking breaks for self, and learning how to leave work at work.

“The reason why we run out of time in the first place is that we have poor time management, learn to manage your time at work the same way you do at home. Set reminders of tasks that need to be done; even if that meeting is not until next week, during lunch or that free time you have to chat with colleagues, use that to catch up on points needed for that meeting.”

©Etta  D. Richards

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2) Sleep More

Nadia El-Awady (here) wrote a very personal post about how she has spent years refining her work-life balance (here). Nadia added something that really stood out, which was the way she made sure she got enough sleep. We need to all make sure we get enough sleep because that is when our body heals and restores.  

“I prioritize sleep over all else. No matter what is happening in life, whether it’s travel, work or fun, I will make sure I sleep early enough to wake up refreshed in the morning.”   ©Nadia El-Awady

NOTE: If you would like more information about the brain benefits of sleep – check out Jeff I’liff’s TED Talk  “One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep”  HERE

3) Simplify

We have another reminder to simply from the life lessons of Jana Williams, where she shared this  post here,  Just because we hear simplify often does not mean we should gloss over this tip as we assess our ongoing work-life balance. 

“First, I decided to go to my tried-and-true process of list-making to write down those areas of life I need to focus on. They are broad categories. And for you, that might look like: physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. Or, the categories could take on the form of health and wellness, spirituality, family/social life, career life. Or they could simply be personal life and professional life. Or, they can consist of any other major categories that make up your life components and what you intend to work on in 2022.

Then, I decided to take my broad ‘life’ categories and start listing out the goals I want to accomplish under each of them.”    ©Jana Williams

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4)  Healthy Boundaries 

Remember that good boundaries in your life are like guard rails we see not he highway – they are placeholders that help keep us on the right pathway.

Dr. Eric Perry (here) shared a post about assessing current boundaries with this nice quote:

“I encourage people to remember that “No” is a complete sentence.” ~ Gavin de Becker

He also made a good point about identifying connections from your past that could be interfering with effective boundaries today. 

If setting healthy boundaries seems impossible to you then most likely it is because it is something very new and different. We can easily get complacent with how things are, especially when we feel like nothing we can do will make any difference. Don’t let your past hold you hostage just because you learned to tolerate it. You have waited long enough. It is time to stand up for yourself!” ©Eric Perry

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Note: Eric Perry’s recent post (here) provides support for the benefits of classical music. 


5) Supervisor Support 

Remember that supervisor support is crucial for work-life balance.  If you are working with a difficult boss, please do not assume that they cannot grow or learn.  Many times people make assumptions and assume change is not possible. However, if you speak about about your needs and do it in a way that allows your delivery to be smooth, supervisors can grow and learn more about helping workers thrive.  Remember that managers and supervisors do not come to their job knowing everything abut what you or your team needs.  So help them out and learn to speak up and raise awareness in a way that allows everyone to grow and meet needs better. 

Derrick Knight has a memoir series, called Knight’s Tales, and in his recent post (here) he shared about supervisor support from his work experience with some a personal example. 

“It is important to understand the concept of supervision as I had learnt it. The supervisor did not have all the answers, but should have most of the questions required to draw out the supervisee, thus encouraging thought and perhaps alternative approaches. The forum for this should be regular weekly meetings for a set length of time, in private, and uninterrupted. I realise that this would be regarded as a luxury today. More’s the pity.” ©Derrick Knight

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Thanks for reading.

~Prior @RIOP

“Improving the fit between the worker and the workplace” 







2 Comments Add yours

  1. An excellent series. Thank you for making me part of it

    Liked by 2 people

    1. RIOP Local says:

      my pleasure and good day to you Derrick

      Liked by 2 people

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