All In. All Out. | Work/Life Balance For 2018

All In. All Out. | Work/Life Balance For 2018

Welcome to 2018!

I’ve not been around much until now, it wasn’t intended but looking back now it was needed.

It turns out I’ve listened to so many life hacks, tips and tricks, that I’m using them without even knowing. I’m then looking back and thinking, well played David that was a stroke of genius.

The latest stroke of life hacking genius became apparent over the last few days when I realised I’d not only had a few days off, but I’d actually had about 8 days of doing absolutely JACK SHIT!

In terms of work I mean, the kids are still fed etc…

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I was looking back at my social media profiles the other day and realised it was only Christmas Eve when I’d decided to down tools and clock out. That was only 10 days ago from the time I’m writing this. It seriously feels like I’ve had a month off! This is a good thing, I feel so refreshed and ready to smash it again.

I’m putting this down to something I’ve heard Gary Vee mention. Mon-Fri he’s generally ALL IN, then on the weekends he’s ALL OUT.

Over the Christmas and New Year break I’ve done this albeit unintentionally and found it’s worked brilliantly. For much of 2017, May onwards according to the stats, I’ve been ALL IN. I’ve been smashing the bejesus out of all thing blogging, vlogging and social media, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. I’ve struggled to find an off switch. In all honesty I don’t want to even press the off switch most of the time.

Christmas Eve came about and I planned on taking Christmas Day and Boxing Day off completely from everything work related so I could spend some quality time with the family. This is where the sense of all in, all out really benefits. I work from home so I’m around a lot however I’m usually writing, taking photo’s or editing video. Time spent as a family isn’t always quality time as much as we try to keep that the priority. Laying down all tools and being 100% engaged in quality family time was soo good over these 2 days that I just carried on until now!

After struggling through much of 2017 to find that perfect work/life balance I reckon I’ve found something that could work. Rather than splitting time or attempting to multi-task, I’m just going to go ALL IN and then have days/weeks to be ALL OUT.

Being a blogger/vlogger or whatever it is I am, I can’t say 9-5 I’ll be working because this industry doesn’t work like that, however what I can say is on X day this week I’m going all out. Social media will be off limits and the only engagement to be had will be family time. Add this to much of my work being family related, days out and nights away etc I’m positive this will further benefit our family and breed even more positivity into our everyday lives.

Anyway, welcome back. I’m raring to go again after an awesome break, where are all the brands at, let’s collab 🙂

 

Let me know if you ever go ALL OUT radio silence on work and social media, or let me have your tips on work/life balance… See you online @MrDavidShaul

 

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18 Comments

  1. Nige
    3rd January 2018 / 6:15 pm

    Welcome back buddy wondered today where you had gone good luck for 2018

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      3rd January 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thanks mate! Happy new year 😃 I’m back and raring to go 👍🏻

  2. 4th January 2018 / 6:27 am

    Yes, sometimes you have to take a bit of time out. I’ve noticed that doing so enables you to create better content as you’re not constantly thinking about the next thing you have to do.

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      4th January 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Yeah, that’s exactly it. It’s such a simple thing to do. I found I was having a day off but still getting through several emails and other bits etc. My mind was never truly off. This last week I have turned completely off and will come back much better for it. Thanks for reading John, you had a good Christmas and New Year break?

  3. 4th January 2018 / 7:09 am

    Nice read. I like this way of working. I work full time as well as blog. Even though I’m new to the blogging world it’s still nice to put the tools down and relax

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      4th January 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Yeah definitely. Blogging isn’t as easy to switch off from as my old office job was. As soon as it hit 5pm I didn’t think about the office once! But as blogging is sharing much of my everyday life, it’s much harder to determine what to share and when to switch off. Thanks for reading mate 🙂

  4. 4th January 2018 / 9:17 am

    I find work life balance really tough at times. So I have my day job – an IT manager – that can be really stressful and intense (especially at this time of year when out company is at it’s busiest). Then there’s the charity 10k race I am the volunteer secretary and race director for; this takes places in May each year and from January to race day it takes an awful lot of my time up when I’m not working. Throw in there the fact I have 2 girls rehearsing and getting ready for a pantomime run (for which my wife and I will have to volunteer chaperone a few times back stage + plus all the Dad’s Taxi services). Then the dance schools big showcase production is in March so that ramps up now with all 4 girls involved throughout and again wife and I volunteering back stage/front of house etc (+ Dad’s Taxi service). Just to add a bit of spice in there the two younger girls also have a dance festival competition in February and the end of May spanning two full weekends each time – you know ‘cos we’re not busy enough! You’d think there was little time for anything else – well you’d be wrong! I am planning on running a spring marathon again (meaning LOTS of training) plus I’m writing a book! For me THIS IS LIFE 🙂 (But by ‘eck am I looking forward to June!!!!)

    • 4th January 2018 / 11:17 am

      Good call. I’m not going back all in until Monday and it’s been fantastic.

      • DadvWorld
        Author
        4th January 2018 / 12:44 pm

        Thanks for reading Sarah! Yeah, enjoy another few days off. We’re not back on the YouTube bandwagon until Monday too, I find that harder work than blogging but can’t wait to film some of the video ideas we have for this year 🙂

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      4th January 2018 / 12:41 pm

      Jeez! I thought I was busy. You’re right though, that’s life. What I like though, is that it’s all positive things. You will naturally have more energy when you’re involved in positive things and that builds great momentum. I’m all for going hard at it to get everything you need to do done, what I reckon is that if you can squeeze in the odd day every few weeks to just log off from the hectic side of life, you’ll recharge ready to go again. Everyone needs a day to recharge now and again. You’ve taken a lot on mate, I’m really excited for you reading all that you have to come, some great memories await you 🙂 – Appreciate you reading and taking the time comment, especially when you don’t have much of it 🙂

  5. 4th January 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Sure if we got the balance right wouldn’t we be all smug and smarmy? Busy is only bad when we’re not enjoying it!

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      4th January 2018 / 1:53 pm

      I love being busy and I love what I do so it’s win win! Although there’s still a balance to be had that will benefit the family too 🙂

  6. 5th January 2018 / 1:53 pm

    I’d love to be all out on the weekends, but that’s usually my best time to write. I do have plenty of times in the day where I just shut off. I write for an hour in the night and then that’s it. I quickly learned that you need to spend time with the family to write about the family.

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      5th January 2018 / 11:20 pm

      That’s a great point. A family blog wouldn’t be too great when all your time was spent on other things and family time was at a premium. It’s whatever works best for you and your family. In reality I’ll probably have 3-4 weeks all in before having a day or two completely off. I imagine it’ll change depending on our schedule. – Thanks for reading Ross, appreciate it 👍🏻

  7. 6th January 2018 / 11:26 am

    Happy new year my friend it’s your year I just know it Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  8. 10th January 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Work/home life balance is usually pretty good for me but this month is a bitch. It’s so busy at work that I’m putting all the hours I can in. I’m having one day off a week at the moment. Weirdly, I enjoy it but do miss the girls when I’m at work. So I’m planning fun stuff for the day off I have with the kids.

    • DadvWorld
      Author
      10th January 2018 / 10:10 pm

      Yes, the balance can fluctuate from time to time. Most industries have a busy period but the fact you’re making extra effort to plan for quality time shows why you’re a great Mum!

  9. 26th March 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Work / life balance, certainly something I struggle with every day. If only we had a manual for all this.

    My thought is, well, trying to figure out something I can do for myself and try to stop the working for someone else. I’ve not figured it out yet though…

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