• Do well in the modern world: master the core skills you need for success

Balanced Life

Spend your time wisely

Skilled learning provides everyone with the opportunity to make life better without wasting extra time. You have to find the best way to learn efficiently, no matter how busy you are at work, or how much housework needs to get done.

Time is the most precious thing we possess in our lives, and we must learn how to spend it wisely. Thankfully, we do not have to sacrifice our families, children or hobbies if we need to master something.

According to Josh Kaufman, a bestselling author, when you become a parent, you have to acquire a lot of skills you did not have before. Since becoming a parent, you may think “I am never going to have free time EVER AGAIN.” And it’s the same difficulties you find not only in parenting, but in your hobbies as well.

You’ll find the same situation with a new job, for example. When we do not have enough time, we start thinking that we are not bright enough to learn something difficult, because we are sure it takes much more time than we can afford.

Kaufman said, “The major barrier to skill acquisition isn’t intellectual, it’s emotional.” Y Skills Institute is here to help you find the best, most efficient route to learning the skills you need without sacrificing your valuable time.

Organize your work process

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them  —  work, family, health, friends and spirit, and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls  —  family, health, friends, and spirit  —  are made of glass,” said Brian Dyson, former CEO of Coca-Cola. “If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

Today, we have already had a significant opportunity to reduce stress and make the working process more pleasant and comfortable. Over the last century, offices have been transformed by management theories, technologies such as typewriters, PCs, and the advent of office cubicles.

With the increasing impact of technology and globalization on companies, workplaces are being transformed and “going to work” does not necessarily mean arriving at a particular location to perform a task. The Internet and mobile devices allow people to work remotely — not only in one country, but all over the world.

Now, we have more flexibility in deciding when and where to work. We have also learned how to organize working process around the natural rhythms of our body, allowing us to produce better results while maintaining a balance between work and life.

Laszlo Bock, the Senior Advisor at Google and author of "Work Rules!" said in his interview with The Guardian, “If you’re doing good work and getting it done, I don’t understand why I would care what hours you work.” He also added that he does not acknowledge nine-to-five schedule, “People are good and want to do good work. I don’t care how and when and where.”

Finding middle ground between work and living

Unfortunately, we haven’t been taught how to perform the tasks we have today, and old methods are turning out to be inefficient ones. We are not able to learn properly, to think, to generate ideas and speak out clearly, which leads to poor outcomes in all of our activities.

This inefficiency affects both professional and personal life, which is why we cannot afford to do our work in a way that damages our harmony and happiness, upsetting the work/life balance.

Laszlo Bock said, “We spend more time working than we do on almost anything else in our lives — more time than we do with our loved ones, more time than we do with our kids, more time than we do sleeping.” So finding the middle ground between these two parts of our lives is the key to success in every activity.

According to Google DNA survey, all people are divided into two categories: “segmenters” and “integrators.”

“Segmenters” are the ones who consider work and life two separate things. These people can check their inbox and then go to bed without worrying.

“Integrators,” in turn, consider work and life a single whole. Checking email before going to bed affects them differently - they cannot get away from work and relax. And which category do you fall into?

Indeed, everyone can learn to become “segmenters.” For instance, you will have to stop sending emails to your team or employees on weekends unless it is a case of absolute emergency.

So you will have truly free time from Friday nights to Monday mornings. You will see that the volume of email traffic will go down because people will learn to focus on what is urgent.

Balance your life with us

Don’t worry if you’re still unsure how to organize your activities efficiently. It is never too late to stop spinning like a hamster in a wheel, because acquiring the skills you lack is all you need.

If you are armed with essential skills and the right methods, you will be able to discover the unique world of infinite opportunities open to you.

Often, most people often do not use technology and digital miracles — like the Internet, Wikipedia, and online communication, etc. —t o their fullest extent because of particular barriers: ideas or decisions imposed by an inactive educational system or previous generations.

Fortunately, now we have a chance to take matters into our hands and to improve the quality of our lives. Let’s balance our lives together!