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How to keep your Professional and Private Life Separate



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Being more productive in your professional life can mean a big difference to your private life. The key to successfully separating your professional and private life comes with better planning. If you plan better, you will achieve more, and if you achieve more in your professional life you will be more efficient and effective in your private life! 

Proper planning also means accomplishing more, professional and private, in the same amount of time. This means you will not have to overlap your professional and private life in order to get things done.

Most professionals in today’s workforce run around in a haphazard manner. They become crisis managers instead of effective leaders because tasks and priorities aren’t planned out. 

Here is the 6-P Formula to achieving more as referenced by Brian Tracy (Self Development Author and Motivational Speaker):

* Prior
* Proper
* Planning
* Prevents
* Poor
* Performance

“It only takes about ten to twelve minutes for you to plan out your day, but this small investment of time will save you at least two hours (100-120 minutes) in wasted time and diffused effort throughout the day.” Brian Tracy (“Eat That Frog”)

This can turn a busy work day into a more productive one. Being busy does not mean you are being productive. It just means you are busy.

Understand that proper planning can lead to higher levels of production in your professional life which in turn creates great habits that lead into your private life. The balance of the professional and private life is an ongoing never ending process. Much like riding a bike – you always have to keep moving and keep staying balanced. If you don’t – you will fall.

By focusing on staying 100% productive at work, focusing on the most important tasks and their completion, it will lead to a better professional career which will lead to a better private life because work will no longer get in the way.  The priorities in each side of life need to be written down, arranged, and accomplished one at a time – the hardest ones first.

By focusing on a particular task with proper planning could mean finishing the task 50% faster! “Every minute you spend in planning can save 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!" Brian Tracy

If distractions get in the way and you have to start and stop a task over and over again, it can increase the time necessary to complete the task by 500%.

Proper planning leads to efficiency and higher productivity, and the lack of focus and planning leads to inefficiency and low productivity. If this is your professional life, less is being accomplished, more is being demanded, and more time, stress, and worry will be on your work which in turn will affect your private life.

The habits that you learn by proper planning will also be beneficial in your private life. By planning better more can be accomplished and more of life’s goals can be fulfilled. It is a good practice to implement better planning at work and to use work as training ground for your private life – the bonus: they pay you while you are ‘training’!

“Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance” at work can be practiced all day long – and once ingrained in yourself as a core habit at work, it can be accomplished in your private life as well.

By doing both as part of your professional life and private life, the two can balance each other out. The two ‘lives’ will be separate – that is the balancing act! And much like riding a bike, once you stop your balancing act, you will see more failures instead of more successes. You need to keep moving, and you need to keep balancing!

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