Another Perspective On Balance

The straightforward approach of the military has always been refreshing in our society. They define a problem, create a solution, execute the solution and evaluate its effectiveness. That's why it was refreshing to read Lt. Colonel David Hook's Blog: Balance-Key to Avoiding Burn-out. (Lt. Colonel Hook is Commander, 5th Space Launch Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base)

So many of his comments are simple and yet very powerful. Early in the blog he writes, "Being able to manage a busy ops tempo with our personal life is both critical to a fulfilling life as well as for maintaining our personal readiness. Failure to find that balance can lead to burnout."

He then gives several recommendations to those in the Air Force-but are readily applicable to ALL of us. They are:

  • Remember that while each of us is critical to achieving the mission, no one single person is irreplaceable.
  • Train and cultivate your replacement so you can take leave without concern for the continued mission.
  • Likewise, be a good wing man and be prepared to assume the responsibilities of your teammates.
  • Recognize there's never enough time to accomplish everything that needs to be done.
  • Understand your commander's priorities and know where he is willing to accept risk, and then do the most important things first.
  • Lastly, time spent on your own health is always a good investment. Good fitness increases your resistance to stress and helps stave off burn-out.