Whether you are starting or growing your business you have to manage many things. We have to provide exceptional service to our clients, manage our home, stay fit and manage to find time in our schedule to have fun.
Following are keys that have helped me live a balance life. It is not always easy but I work hard to discipline myself to have control over my space, time and life and it not control me. To not overwhelm myself I focus on one area at a time and I suggest you do the same. Currently I am focusing on my health and making sure I exercise, drink more water and eat more fruit. Focusing on this goal will give me the energy I need to focus on another goal which is to increase my speaking engagements which will require travel.
1) Plan Quite Time and Time To Be Alone
Set aside time daily to read, pray and meditate Don’t allow anyone to interrupt your quiet time
2) Take Care Of Your Body
Exercise several times a week Eat right daily Get enough rest nightly Discover healthy way to reduce stress
3) Write Your Vision-Wake up with a purpose
Do you want to advance or make changes in your business, family or ministry?
Have a business plan and develop a life plan and a personal mission statement Set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals Make Your Goals and Vision Visible
4) Take Back Control Of Your Time -Important to learn how to manage our time
Attempting to do too much, leaving things unfinished and not sticking to our schedules, interruptions.
Plan your day and schedule time for yourself Learn to say no instead of attempting to do everything for everybody Ask yourself what are some of the things I am doing that waste time (TV, Phone, Meetings) Learn To Delegate Overcome Procrastination-Breaking projects down.
Establish a place for your keys Lay clothes out the night before Pack your purse, tote, briefcase the night before
5) Create An Organized Office-People spend over 150 hours per year looking for misplaced information.
Store equipment used regularly within reach Organize information in binders clearly labels Use technology and equipment to save time and money Straighten you desk at the end of the day.
6) Create An Organized Home-80% of the stuff we keep we never reference again
Closet-Get rid of clothes you no longer wear
Kitchen-Organized recipes, coupons and eliminate duplicates
Basement/Attic/Garage-Organize items clearly labeled in containers
Living Room-get rid of magazine and shred junk mail
7 Conquering The Paper Piles In Your Home amp; Office
Develop a system to organize paperwork and files Develop a system to organize project related documents Organize Your Receipts and Statements Monthly Organize All Of Your Tax Information and Organize Yearly Get Rid Of The Clutter In Your Briefcase, Tote Bags and Purse
Keep it simple and easy to understand and easily accessible to family members Create a file to keep track of important documents and information. File tax and financial information together Group like information together (auto, bank, charities, home maintenance, manuals, utilities) Contact your lawyer and financial advisor to set guidelines for a family retention schedule.
Get off mailing list Open mail by the wastebasket Don’t buy magazines you do not have time to read. Discard Coupons that have expired Discard manuals to equipment you no longer own
8) Establish Supportive Relationships To Help You Succeed
Advisory Board Mentor Business/Life Coach
9) Stay Motivated
Listen to tapes and read books
10) Enjoy Life
Do something fun