Last Wednesday, Care.com hosted a conference, sponsored by The Ladders, in New York City for human resource professionals, industry leaders and press to talk about something that all of us struggle with everyday: how to stay focused in an age of distraction.
If you’re like me, you rely on technology. It’s a lifeline to all that matters in your life. But the constant emails 24 hours a day, the persistent interruptions, the multiple screens bombarding us with messages, all make it very difficult to stay focused. We live in the tyranny of now. It’s no wonder a lot of us have trouble concentrating and being productive at work. We’re distracted at work. We’re distracted behind the wheel. And sadly, we’re distracted when we’re at home with our families.
So what are companies doing about it? We asked leading companies like Deloitte, Bloomberg, the Gilt Group and others and what we heard was a variety of strategies such as offering workers more flexibility and control over their schedules and working remotely. We learned how workplace design is changing to be more open and interactive, literally tearing down walls to help us work more efficiently together. Many companies actually offer our service as a corporate benefit to help take the stress and worry of care-giving for a child or aging parent off their employees’ shoulders. It was an enlightening day. There were many incredible speakers but I thought I’d share a few insights that I found particularly meaningful.
1. Love what you do.
2. The more energy you bring, the more you will receive.
3. Laughing is energy.
4. Our stories matter; take pride in your personal story.
5. Is the life you're living worth the price you're paying?
6. Be around people with soul.
7. See disability as a possibility.
8. Be authentic.
9. What is more important to you? Your passion or your excellence?
10. Think about your own personal mission.
11. Ask yourself "why?" with everything that you do.
12. Think differently.
These are all mantras to live by. Do you have a mantra? Please share it with me, and take our work/life fit survey! I would love to hear how you are managing your work and home life and how Care.com can help.