Most life-hack or business-hack lists are filled with the same info that, quite honestly, isn’t always practical or do-able. There is no such thing as work-life balance so the key is really to figure out what works for you to create the most balance each day based on the tasks at hand and managing your energy to accomplish them.
By taking a realistic look at your weekly commitments – those that are non-negotiable: the Monday morning team meeting, your son’s football practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or date night with your spouse – you will learn how to fill in the rest around those events. Remember, above everything, YOUR people are your priority. Because when you’re in the hospital or hobbling around on crutches, it’s not going to be your CFO or your Account Exec taking care of you. It’s going to be your family. Make them THE priority.
Review the way you handle meeting requests. Is it your standard MO to agree to every meeting asked of you? If so, stop now. Most meetings can be taken care of by a simple call or even an email. For the meetings you must have, designate meeting days each week. Set aside Tuesdays and Thursdays as the only days you take meetings, leaving the other days open for your own productivity and margin.
Outsource. Repeat for those in the back: outsource. Do you really need to do all the things or can someone else take on 3 things that don’t require your energy? Do you really need to hire an employee or can you contract certain aspects of your business to a freelancer?
Unsubscribe from every email list you’re on that doesn’t serve your needs. (Obviously, The Omaha Gift Company falls in the “needs” category).
Tap into your current clients/network to request reviews and referrals. This is one of the most high value ways to create a solid foundation for your business growth.
Structure your day around your natural energy levels. Schedule everything from your daily reading, to exercise, to high focus work on the times you are at your best for each activity. We’re all different and it’s a trap to compare yourself to others who hit the gym by 4am if it works better for you to go at 4pm. Some people enjoy meetings first thing in the morning to clear the afternoon for work while others focus on work better in the morning with a preference for meetings after lunch.
Balance is about managing your energy and honoring your inner rhythms and natural tendencies. It’s not about forcing the varied aspects of our lives into neat little separate boxes. What we've provided here is a new way to view your approach to life as you know it.
There are a multitude of ways you can incorporate easy tricks to stay on top of your game. Of all the “life-hack” resources we’ve seen, the short yet accurate list in the graphic accompanying this article is a great summary of how to conduct yourself for success.
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