Mindfulness: One Physician’s Secret to Work/Life Success

Nearly one quarter of U.S. workers says work-life success has become more difficult in the past five years. They cite getting enough sleep and getting enough "me" time as two of their top five hurdles while trying to manage their personal and professional lives.

Though it is admittedly difficult, Lucky Jain, M.D., strives to find work-life success in his life.

Watch Dr. Jain explain how he fiercely protects his "me" time one simple way each day:

Assess your success

Are you on track for work-life success? Take the Canadian Mental Health Association's Work-Life quiz, recommended for physicians by Stanford University, to find out.

Tools for work-life integration

Need some help with work-life integration? Try these tips:

  • Quality vs. quantity. Consider quality of time versus quantity of time. We cannot change the number of hours in a day; however, we can work to manage our energy so that in the moments we want to be fully engaged—like when you walk in the door to your family after work—we have enough energy to so.
  • Exercise. Even short bursts of exercise will help clear your head and increase your energy. Download Johnson & Johnson's workout app, which offers an abundance of seven-minute workouts that you can do anywhere.
  • Ask for help and delegate. Whether at work or home, make a list of the tasks you need to complete and prioritize them. Determine which tasks can wait, and delegate items when you can. Need help outsourcing your to-do items? Check out assistance services, like Task Rabbit.
  • Draw boundaries and disconnect. When you are at home, draw boundaries of when you will not be available; if that seems unreasonable, start small. Turn off devices while you are eating dinner and at least 15 minutes before you go to bed.