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6 Strategies for Exhausted Working Parents

Working parents are depleted. Every single one of the dozens of working moms and dads the author has coached over these past several weeks has voiced some version of the "I'm driving on empty" feeling. And now vacation is over, school is gearing back up, and the return to in-person work is here or looming. Which leaves working parents asking: How can I face all of the changes in these coming months when I'm feeling this depleted? The author offer six techniques to try to reset and build your forward momentum.

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What We Can Learn From Bodybuilders

In the Primal or "functional fitness" communities, I've noticed that bodybuilding gets a bad rap. The story goes that bodybuilders are only in it for the aesthetics. Or that their strength isn't "real," that they do too many isolation exercises that rarely occur in natural settings or sports for that matter.

And I get some of that. The average bodybuilder who only focuses on the appearance of his or her muscles is leaving a lot of function on the table. Bodybuilders are often not the paragons of athleticism as commonly conceived - running and jumping, general physical preparedness. Yet critics miss the fact that bodybuilding itself is a sport. It's a complex undertaking that requires extreme discipline and the development of certain skills. It's anything but easy. Like any community, there's plenty to criticize about bodybuilding, but there's also a lot to learn from it.

What can we learn from bodybuilders?

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How to Stop Delegating and Start Teaching

As a manager, a central part of your job is to develop people. But when you delegate a task to someone - with no prior training - simply because you are unavailable to do it, their chances of succeeding are slim. Managers need to stop thinking of passing off responsibilities as delegating, and start taking on the mindset of a trainer. If you do, you will naturally look for ways to give a little more responsibility to the people who work for you. Start by gauging who on your team genuinely wants to move up in the organization, and identify their main areas of interest. Create a development plan for them and write down the skills they will need in order to reach their goals. Then, focus on giving them assignments that require those skills. Help them work their way up to a challenging task by starting with a series of practice sessions. The first time you introduce a task to someone, let them shadow you while you explain some of the key points. Then, give them a piece to do on their own with your supervision. Only let them carry the full load when you sense that they are ready. By doing this, you are helping your supervisees reach their career goals, and creating a team of trusted associates who can step in when you are overwhelmed or out of the office.

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