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Agrimarketing : June 2008
14 AgriMarketing ¦ June 2008 R ecently, the president of our company took a vacation with his wife for a special wedding anniversary. Jokingly our team made a bet with him to see if he would be able to forget his blackberry and not check e-mail. Surprisingly, he did a great job — his wife even com- mented! The whole situation brought to light a work/life balance. ACHIEVING BALANCE Organize. In other words, develop a time management system. Experts suggest beginning with assessing all activities on your plate and prioritize the activities. Eliminate unnecessary work and non-work related tasks from the schedule. Set goals that are both short term and long term — a “to do” list can help with keeping track of the short term and gives you something to reflect back on to look at your accomplishments. Say No. It’s okay to say no. It is in how we say no that affects the out- come and perception from our peers. If you are asked to do something that you are unable to complete, ask if the time frame in which it needs to be done can be extended or ask for clar- ification as to its importance. Then determine if it can be fit into the schedule or if you’ll need to explain the reasons why you are unable to get to the activity. Rethink Your Standards. Often times we don’t delegate because we are sure someone else won’t do it as well as we could. Maybe that it is true, maybe it isn’t. Consider if it really needs to be done to the stan- dards that you have set for yourself. Does it matter if you leave the house and the dishes aren’t done or the report isn’t organized the way you would have done it? Do what needs to be done and forget the rest. Treat Yourself. Take time to do things for yourself. Whether in the office or at home, a little down time to regroup and collect your thoughts will improve efficiency. Don’t be afraid to take an afternoon to golf or a night away for dinner with friends. Don’t use time off or private time to do chores. Enjoying your time off will recharge you. Focus on the Things that Are Important. Those of you attending the National Agri-Marketing Con- ference may recall the closing speaker, Mary Loverde, said, “You can’t do it all — you just can’t get it all done.” She suggests focusing on the things that matter and making a connection. If you can’t do every- thing, at least do the things that you can well. For more information please contact AgCareers.com at email@example.com. AM WORK/LIFE BALANCE The Scoop on Recruiting 6th Annual US Ag HR Roundtable August 4 - 6, 2008 St. Louis, MO, USA ___________________________ 5th Annual Canadian Ag HR Roundtable September 22 - 24, 2008 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada Presented by: SAVE THE DATE! Register today at www.AgCareers.com! Plan to attend the conference nearest you for an excellent opportunity to join a network of professionals interested in addressing recruitment and retention of talented employees within agriculture, food, processing, natural resources and biotechnology. WORK/LIFE BALANCE ON VACATION by Eric Spell Summer is here, and for those that will use their vacation, here are a few tips from Eric Spell, President of AgCareers.com, to help you achieve balance. • Take a vacation — use those days! • Give your loved ones your undivided attention. • Use your blackberry for a brick breaker only! • Start a tradition that your family can look forward to on each vacation. • Try something new. • Pay attention to the little things — they matter. • Make a list of things to discuss that always seem to get placed on the “back burner.” • Begin to plan your next trip. AM
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