Small Business Articles from Make-it-Fly®
to Live in Balance And Get Things Done
By Victoria Munro
We’re facing a New Year in turbulent
times—with new goals to achieve, new opportunities
to explore and challenges to overcome in business and
in life. Staying calm, grounded
and focused while maintaining a proper life balance
has never been more essential to success.
As I juggle running the businesses, it’s not
easy to stay balanced, and remain clear-headed and alert
to the right priorities while letting those creative
juices flow. Over the years, I devised a
system that allows me to stay focused and encouraged,
in even the most challenging circumstances, to
thrive and not just survive. So with the hope that it
may be helpful to you too; I’m sharing my success
Every day, before sitting down at my desk, or even
setting foot in my office, I stop and Reset my Balance
Point for the day. It takes just a few minutes
(seven) and it really works! I encourage you to try
Seven Minutes to Reset Your
First, find a quiet spot, away from all or most
Minute 1 – Look at your big
Ask yourself, or review and remind yourself, where
you ultimately want to take your life and your business
and why. What do you want your life and your business
to look like in the future? Conceptualize it—see
it, feel it, smell it. Think about what you want to
be remembered for.
Note: As we experience
life, encounter different events and gain new insights,
we may modify or completely change where we’re
headed and what our big picture looks like.
Minute 2 – Identify your values
Review your values—those “non-negotiables”—the
principles you won’t compromise. Think about how
you’ll apply and be true to these values today,
how they might be challenged and, if that happens, what
your response will be.
Note: Whether we identify
them or not, we all have values. Our actions and the
way we live our lives demonstrate what values we hold
Minute 3 – Focus on your strengths
Reflect on your greatest assets—your strengths
as a person and in your business. Consider how you will
use them to help someone else today. Ask yourself how
you will utilize these strengths to bring the highest
possible return in your business.
Note: We often see
talented entrepreneurs sidetracked by busywork, spending
relatively little time using their greatest strengths.
It may be more profitable to hire someone else to take
care of other tasks so that you can do more of what
you do best.
Minute 4 – Know your limitations
Be realistic about your weaknesses and limitations.
Don’t focus on them in a negative way, but be
aware of what they are. Think ahead about how these
weak spots could make you vulnerable or perhaps trip
you up today, and be ready to circumvent any potentially
Note: There will be
snafus. You’ll make mistakes—we all do.
When they happen, don’t get down on yourself.
Instead, see and use mistakes as valuable learning tools.
Minute 5 – Highlight your
most important task
Ask yourself what is the most important task you should
accomplish today. Will it move you a step closer to
your big picture goal? Jot it down. This is your highest
priority for the day. Now, see it done! Think about
how you’ll feel when you’ve achieved it.
Note: With your most
crucial task clearly in mind, you’ll be better
equipped to resist any temptation to get caught up in
the “urgent” at the expense of what really
matters to you.
Minute 6 – Make sure you get
your quota of joy
The old rhyme “All work and no play makes Jack
a dull boy” holds a lot of truth.
Think about what you’ll do today to rejuvenate,
inspire and bring joy to your life. Make a list. Refuse
to compromise and ignore it if you’re busy later,
telling yourself it’s not important. Celebrate
successes, even small ones!
Note: Rather than gutting
it out until a project is finished, you’ll be
more effective if you take regular time out, even a
few minutes every hour or two. A short break renews
creativity and your ability to concentrate. You’ll
return with new energy and enthusiasm.
Minute 7 – Ponder your big
picture once more
Start your day with a clear vision of where you want
to end up. Turn your focus again to your big picture.
See it. Feel what it will be like when you’re
there. Hang a picture of what you want it to look like
in your work area and in your Balance Point space.
Note: Don’t skip
over this one because you’ve already looked at
it. Reviewing and keeping your big picture at the top
of your mind will set your compass for the day and keep
you on the course you want to follow.
Warning: When you’re
running a business, wearing many different hats and
sometimes just going as hard and fast as you can to
catch up and keep up, it can be tempting not to stop
and reset your Balance Point. Perhaps you tell
yourself you’re too busy now and you’ll
do it later when it’s more convenient. Don’t!
That’s when you most need to regain your balance,
and you won’t achieve it without stopping for
a brief time.
Later in the day, if you feel overwhelmed or out of
kilter, stop and take a few minutes to reset your Balance
(Taken in part from Victoria’s book, The
Small Biz Balancing Act: Secrets to Restoring Passion
and Play in Your Business and Life.)
© 2005-2008 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for
small-business owners through creatively designed programs
and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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