Life is a Balancing Act – How do You Want to Live and Work?

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Life Balancing ActMany entrepreneurs are raving workaholics. They work into the wee hours of the night, planning, plotting and stressing out.  Although it may pay off monetarily, it’s not always the best thing, and may divert that workaholic’s attention to the areas of your life that need to be attended to. The trick is to achieve a sort of balance, (if that’s possible) because there’s so much more to life than just work . . . work . . .  work.  I’m saying this because I’ve been on the planet for over half a century and you tend to start thinking about stuff like that as your life flashes in front of your eyes.

When I work, I always try to do my best, however, if I didn’t set some boundaries, my brain would explode and my creative processes would suffer. I attempt to work regular hours M-F 9-5 on my service business although that doesn’t always happen.  The other day I got an urgent text at 6:30AM in the morning that read, “text me as soon as you get up.”  He owes me some money. Funny how the problem suddenly isn’t as urgent when you remind someone of that.

I LOVE taking a long walk in the morning and I get cranky if someone interrupts my routine unless it’s a dire emergency.  I’m also brain dead after 6pm, so you’re taking your chances, especially if you want something done immediately on your website.  I’m probably zoning out to The Big Bang Theory and my phone is recharging somewhere where I can’t hear it.

To achieve balance, you have to make a concerted effort to pay attention to all the areas of your life that make you happy and satisfied.

Motivational guru, Tony Robbins, talks about the 7 areas of life we need to put our time and focus in:

Your Physical Body

Your body is the vehicle that you live in.  If you’re neglecting to take care of it by eating poorly or sitting on your duff all day at a computer, it’s going to start to break down and cause you problems.  You don’t have to be a perfect human specimen and look like a high fashion model or beefcake to be healthy.  In fact, many people who are skinny as rails have more physical issues than some of those on the chubby side. They are probably malnourished.

To do this you need to eat nutritious and fresh meals (not from a package) at regular intervals. Don’t eat in a dash, in the middle of a meeting, or skip meals because you’re way too busy.  Get some exercise as simple as walking for 30 minutes a day and make sure to get regular checkups.  Being frail and sickly will not help you reach your goals very fast.  Give up Coke and/or energy drinks and opt for lots of water instead.

Emotions & Meaning

Are you stressed out all the time?  Stress is a huge killer and is counter productive. Do you take a little time to think and be by yourself?  Even a 10 minute meditation will help.

What are your working for?  Are you moving toward achieving your higher potential or are you simply existing and working purely as a means for survival? Put your goals on paper and set deadlines.  Avoid letting others divert you from achieving your goals.

If you’re in a stressful situation, ask yourself if it’s worth continuing in order to reach your goals. Life is short.  Why spend it with people who like to make your blood pressure explode unless it’s truly making you happy.

Relationships

Assess your relationships with others.  Are your friends or relations positive and encourage you to grow as a person or are they negative and demeaning?  You are who you hang out with.  If, at the end of the day, a person continuously makes you feel like crap, whether they are a work, love, or friend relationship, you may want to consider cutting off ties with them to find a more healthy environment to exist in.

Time

How and where you focus your energy

Are you scheduling in time to move yourself forward, to enjoy life, to nurture a relationship, spend time with your kids, see new things, and have fun?  Or, are you only focusing on what comes at you every day, putting out every fire, until you finally drop from stress and exhaustion?   Map out your time. Color code it with a separate color for work, creation time, family, love, education, meditation, organization, etc.

Work / Career / Mission

How you make a difference, lead and influence others

Evaluate what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.  Do you get excited going to work every day or do you dread Monday and spend the week waiting for Friday?  Are you creating your own ideal lifestyle or are you creating it for others?  Is what you do impacting other people in a positive way and making the world a better place because of it?  (Even in a small way)

If you’re not going in the direction you want to go, how can you make changes in your life to propel you in the right direction?

Are you letting people step on you like a bug or are you leading others to greater things?

Finances

You don’t have to be rich to be happy, but financial stress will take a huge toll on your psyche.  A consistent flow of income, coming from multiple streams, not only makes life more fun, but also allows you to help others.

But, ask yourself; Are you actually making money or are you spending it impulsively as soon as it comes in?  Some people who bring in a much smaller amount of income are actually in better financial shape than those who make a big income but spend foolishly.

Is it really necessary to carry such a tremendous overhead in your business, home life, or otherwise?  Can you get the same results without every bell and whistle someone else tries to talk you into?  Track where your money is going and whether or not it is giving you’re the results you want. If it isn’t getting you significant results, quit spending money on it.

Celebrate & Contribute

Work for a higher power, whatever that personally means for you.  Tap into your spiritual awareness.  Feel joy when you’ve accomplished a goal, no matter how small it is.  Give back to society in ways that provide deep satisfaction to you.  See obstacles as wonderful challenges that you are eager to overcome and revel in the journey to overcome them. Your intuition, and higher consciousness will lead you where you want to go if you let them.  Open your mind to let them in.

Think about what areas of life you’ve been neglecting and work to put more attention on them to achieve a better life balance.

And . . .  Don’t take any shit from anyone.  LOL

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Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowski
I'm Rebecca Olkowski and I'm a fun loving entrepreneur, voice over actor and Baby Boomer (but I'm very young at heart and have the voice of an 8 year old) .  I love great food, travel, wine tasting and playing with my two puppy dogs.  A few years ago I discovered I enjoyed blogging and found my inner geek.  I turned it into a business.  I love to help other Baby Boomers and entrepreneurs build businesses and make money online. Please feel free to tweet and share!
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  1. Effective marketing should not be all about the number of hours you put into it, the question is; how to create an effective marketing plan. An entrepreneur could be just as successful by taking time out to enjoy life, I guess that is what you mean by saying: “I’ve been on the planet for over half a century”. But I think one tends to value ‘joy time’ in life more with maturity. I myself enjoy combining online business and travel.

    • That’s so true. You can put in tons of hours with a bad marketing plan and never get anywhere. If your marketing plan is good then you can enjoy some quality time for all the areas of your life if you plan it that way. I love traveling too and that’s why I love marketing online. Thanks so much for your comment.

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