There have been mega winds this past week. I even lost my balance a couple times coming down to the beach. Today’s winds ares less but still making their presence known.
I can had a sudden idea 💡 that I need an automatic umbrella holder so I don’t have to use my knees and shoulder to hold it up. A lasso came to mind. I took my sunglasses 🕶 out and they have a croakie, so I am using that for a rope. I still have to hold the umbrella handle between my knees, but that’s no big deal… until a gust of wind 💨 comes along and tries to pull it away!
It’s all a fine art of physics and balancing.
Speaking of balance
As a semiretired entrepreneur, I write a lot about the balance between work and having an enjoyable life.
I’ve come to realize that the art of balance is not one just for the semiretired but for everyone in their own way.
Moms and Dads with kids, those with aging parents, people with very full lives.
The difference rests, in my opinion with where we are with our life’s goals. I’m fortunate that I do not have to earn big dollars at this point.
My motivation to work is twofold. My passion is business and I hate seeing business owners struggle to make it. The challenge is even greater as we age. If we are still struggling to make ends meet, we question how can we afford to “have a life?”
The second part of my why is the money I make allows us to travel more and do the things we want to do while taking less from our investments.
I am facing a balancing challenge with my client load as I took on a project that is very demanding of my time. In the meantime, I am so pleased that I have drawn in more clients who I love working with! I have high standards for serving them well.
However, this takes away from my writing/publishing time unless I steal a few hours from my “fun” time.
Checking in on Work/Life Balance – So what do I do?
First I don my Coach’s hat and ask myself, what would I say to a client having this same dilemma?
Here’s the steps I have taken:
1. Review my goals and make sure they are in line with my vision and five year plan.
2. Review my working hours and how priority tasks are scheduled into those hours.
3. Find empty moments where small tasks can be completed quickly and efficiently.
4. Take some hours from frivolous time to write and promote.
5. Schedule time to publish.
I also reviewed my backlogged tasks and discarded those that are no longer relevant or necessary. And I continually look at ways to simplify the organization of my digital files and tasks. Like cleaning out a closet, this gives me a great sense of freedom for more thinking, writing and therefore publishing.
You might ask, with a successful coaching practice, why do I write?
1. Because writing pulls me.
2. Publishing is part of my five year for reaching more business owners as they age.
3. Published works in the form of books and online courses will contribute to my income.
4. Because I can. I can start each day at the beach, write my journal and encourage that to morph into an article. This fills me with joy.
I’m looking to form a MasterMind Group for women who are writing but want more accountability in their writing, publishing and income goals. If this post resonates with you, please leave me a message in the comments and I will private message you.
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