Over the past few months in my Getting Down to Business business newsletter I’ve discussed “recharging your batteries,” managing interruptions, and having the appropriate systems in place as part of managing a business. These are all critical components of growing your business successfully, profitably, and simultaneously reducing stress and minimizing burn-out.
Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about BALANCE.
When life gets out of balance, when work gets out of balance, everything becomes more difficult.
One of my colleagues on the North Shore was talking about the fact that their backyard grass didn’t “burn-out” this summer like in the past. They attributed it to what we agreed was the very nice summer weather with a good balance of heat, warmth, and the right amount of rain. It prompts the question: is nature telling us that we need balance to avoid being burned out?
Many of the business owners I speak with are challenged with finding the right balance.
We talk about how difficult it can be to manage a business, manage their personal and private lives, and simultaneously find the right balance and avoid getting burned-out and losing their energy and enthusiasm for managing and growing their business.
I don’t want to suggest that finding balance is always easy, because it is not. With all the variables in life we have to manage, it can be very difficult to achieve.
Here are some of the suggestions I’ve shared with my business clients:
You must prioritize your goals, objectives, and weekly and daily activities. Running a business “by-the-seat-of-your-pants” is guaranteed to knock you out of balance. In addition to prioritizing, you’ll also have to manage interruptions.
Make a list of what someone else can do and it will result in giving you more time to do what you should be doing. Delegation is an important part of finding balance.
Systems are another critical component to effectively finding balance. Do you have systems in place for document management, paper-flow, mail, and time/appointment management? Do you have the right tools and even FURNITURE at your office?
When was the last time you went for a walk in a quiet place by yourself? I’m talking about finding a quiet place where you can think clearly for 45 minutes, an hour, or even better – a few hours. One of my clients enjoys a local park on Cape Ann where there is nothing but fresh air, wilderness, and only the sound of the wind moving through the trees. Wow, doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Do you have a reward system in place? In other words, in exchange for all your hard work, focus, effort, and skill, do you have an incentive that rewards you? Maybe it’s a weekend of golf on Cape Cod? Maybe it’s a lazy weekend and overnight stay in Portsmouth, NH. Maybe it’s an all-inclusive vacation getaway in the Caribbean!
Read Inspirational Books and Articles
There seems to be so much stress, anxiety, and even anger in the world today. It can quickly become overwhelming and push you out of balance. Make a point to start each day – and end each day – with something positive and inspirational.
Get Organized and Stay Organized
There’s a feeling of dread when you walk into your office and there are stacks of paper everywhere, mail that hasn’t been opened in days (or weeks!), and sticky-notes all over your computer with “things to do.” These things all have a subtle but very powerful way of throwing you out of balance! Often the best way to fix this is by getting professional support (I can help – call me at (978) 922-6136).
All of these things will help you find and maintain a balance in your business world and personal life. I’d love to hear what you do to find and stay balanced. Drop me a line at email@example.com or visit my Facebook page.