Get Off The Hamster Wheel!

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Get Off The Hamster Wheel!

Encourager-In-Chief: March 17th, 2021

Restoring balance.

If you are like most entrepreneurs, you have a problem maintaining barriers that prevent your work time from spilling into your personal time. (Do you even remember what personal time is?) If you are passionate about what you do, you may not mind the long hours; however, if you are married or if you have obligations to others, you may be shortchanging them by working endlessly on your business and neglecting your other priorities.

This is a common problem and you are not alone, but there are some things you can do to improve the situation. The first requires you to discipline yourself and set some boundaries. These vary from person to person but one might include using a firm cut-off point each day when you are going to stop working. If you love what you do, this can be difficult. A simple tool you can employ is a timer or a countdown clock. I picked one of these up at a Dollar Store. All you need to do is set the amount of time you have left to work and make sure that when it goes off, you stop for the day. You don’t have the set the timer for the same time every day but this will prevent you giving away someone else’s time when it’s not your own.

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Another good technique for keeping balance is to schedule your priorities for each day of the workweek. When you know that each of your most important tasks are going to be completed on the day you assign them, you will be less tempted to try and accomplish them all in one day. If you’re like me, you probably have many things you want to accomplish this week. Sometimes, it’s a struggle to decide where to start. However, if you know that you can work on writing your blogs on Thursday, you’re working on creating next year’s seminar schedule on Tuesday, and you want to prepare all of your coaching clients lessons on Wednesday, you know that you’ve left yourself enough time to get each one of these projects done by the end of the week.

By using these techniques, you’ve earned the right to enjoy time with your family or address other personal tasks and activities that create balance in your own life. Remember, we work to live but we don’t live to work.

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Balance is that something you find. It’s something you create.
- Joan Kingsford

This excerpt is taken from the Mastering Personal and Professional Balance seminar. I encourage you to register for this great event on April 8, 2021 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Comfort Suites in Manheim, PA.

Mastering Personal and Professional Balance

Mastering Personal and Professional Balance

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