Finding the time to enjoy your personal life and still accomplish your goals in your professional life is possible; you just have to work to actively balance the two. There will always be more things to do than time to do them; finding balance requires understanding the difference in urgent and important. Learning how to do that, along with these other ideas, can help you find the balance you’re seeking.
- Understand the difference between urgent and important – There will always things that demand your attention that are urgent, but are not important. There will also always be things you can put off that are important, but are not urgent. Knowing the difference helps you take care of the things that matter and ignore the things that don’t. For more on this idea, read this article on separating the urgent and important.
- Start by knowing what you want – This piece of advice comes from Mallika Chopra, the founder of Intent.com. She suggests that the key to finding balance is to understand what you really, truly want before pursuing it. For more detail and for other ideas from Mallika, read her interview on Inc.com.
- Build downtime into your schedule – According to WebMD.com, this is one way to ensure you get to spend time with your family and friends. One example they offer is a producer in New York City who wakes up three hours before he goes to work so he can fit in a run and some time with his wife and child.
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