Use summer as a chance to focus on what’s really important

June 26, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Last week, we celebrated the first day of summer. With kids out of school for a few weeks now and the high temperatures we’ve experienced already, it seems like summer started quite a while ago. Either way, summer is here. It’s time for family vacations, afternoons at the ballpark, and concerts in the park.really important

There’s something all those things have in common: They take us away from work. As we continue to struggle to find that elusive work-life balance, summer provides an abundance of opportunities to spend time away from work doing things we enjoy with the people we love. Are you taking advantage of those opportunities?

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Hottest gift this holiday season? Work-life balance

November 28, 2016 0 COMMENTS

White Christmas gift with red ribbonby Dan Oswald

Thanksgiving is behind us, and the holidays are in full swing. Most of us feel busier than ever this time of year. With parties to attend, gifts to buy, and anticipated travel for the holidays, there certainly is a lot going on. How do we find time to get everything done and still do our jobs?

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Don’t lose sight of what’s really important

August 16, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Dan Oswald

Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important in life. We get wrapped up in our work and let everything else suffer. As we allow our work to take over our life, it might be our workout routine that gets forgotten or a hobby that fades away. And if you can handle the extra 10 pounds or you weren’t all too passionate about the hobby, well, life goes on. But more often than not, when we get really busy at work and we let it take over our lives, it’s the people we care about most who pay the price.

There’s nothing wrong with work. It can be incredibly rewarding. Often, it allows us to use our talents to support a greater good. And it’s certainly financially necessary for most of us. But if we lose our perspective and get too wrapped up in our work, it’s our relationships that suffer. The people we care about most are the ones who are forgotten when we can’t let go of our work.

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Making time for what matters

October 30, 2012 1 COMMENTS

The other night, I got a thoughtful, heartfelt message from a colleague reminding me and others to take time to tell our loved ones exactly how we feel about them. You see, days earlier, his mother had suffered a stroke, and he had spent the time since at her bedside. His message was that we never know how much time we will have with anyone in our lives and that we should take full advantage of the time we do have.

My father passed away suddenly at the young age of 56. I learned the hard way exactly what my friend was reminding me of now.  A lot has happened in the 18 years since my father died, and that tough-learned lesson has gotten lost at times. I know on many occasions I’ve lost sight of the real priorities in my life and have not focused on what’s most important to me. It’s just sad it takes a tragedy to snap us back to reality.

So my message today is to take stock of your priorities. Write down what is most important to you. Then make time for those things you prize the most.  Stephen Covey once said, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” So once you’ve committed your priorities to writing, schedule time for each and every one. read more…