The entire concept of "work-life balance" feels awful to me. I imagine a double sided scale that is constantly having weight added to it and you have to try to keep it in balance. If you add a little to the work side, then you're out of balance and need to add a little to the life side. Exhausting.
HOWEVER! Almost every entrepreneur I talk to makes reference to wanting better work-life balance, so we definitely need to talk about how to gain work-life balance as an entrepreneur..
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It's a very vague term. Do you want balance in how you spend your time, your energy, your thoughts, or something else? Is balance really more of a 80-20 ratio? Or 40-60? You get to decide! And once you decide on your definition of work-life balance, you can go about creating it.
For me, work-life balance is all about mindset and being intentional. Whatever I'm doing,...
“Why aren’t I getting more done when I’m so busy everyday?”
In 2016 I quit my full-time job to be able to focus 100% on my online business (I was a personal finance blogger back then). With all of that extra time and energy to put towards work, you would think that income would skyrocket. That’s what I thought at least. That’s not what happened (womp-womp).
I was busy all day, probably working twice as many hours as I did previously. But, it was another year before I figured out exactly why my income didn’t budge when I was finally able to put all of my focus on my biz.
Hours do not equal money.
The word productivity literally means that you are producing something.
Productive = producing.
So when you’re busy or “working on” a project, you’re not actually being productive unless you are producing a result/finished product.
I was busy all day, but I...
Some weekends go past in a blur. I didn't do anything relaxing. I didn't accomplish anything important. I didn't really even enjoy myself.
Other weekends feel life-giving and I start the next week feeling refreshed, recharged, and excited to work!
There's one big difference between these two kinds of weekends and it's something that happens before the weekend even starts:
Those life-giving, glorious weekends happen when I decide by Friday afternoon how I want to spend my time and energy.
If you want to set your intentions for the this coming weekend, here are 4 things to think about:
For me, this makes the biggest difference of all.
I plan ahead of time what I want to use my phone for and how much Hulu I want to watch.
I'm not great at math, but this is a pretty simple equation:
When you can get more done in less time, you can earn more money while working less hours.
This means more time for projects that ignite your passions, more energy to connect deeper with your favorite people, and more money to give you options where you didn’t have them before. Win - win - win.
But HOW? How can entrepreneurs increase productivity? There are four areas to consider when it comes to efficiency:
Productivity doesn't mean doing all the things and cramming each day as full as possible. It's the opposite.
It means only doing the tasks that will move the needle towards your goal and letting less important things go. I know, I know, it all seems 100% important, but I promise you that it's not.
Ruthless prioritization starts with setting one ultra-clear goal (usually an income goal).
From there you can figure out which tasks will help you make...
Journaling is a powerful tool that most entrepreneurs aren't utilizing.
Dive in using my favorite journal prompts and watch it change your business!