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Victoria Munro of Make-it-FlyLive the Life You Love – A Balancing Act
By Victoria Munro

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Do you ever feel that life is a balancing act of returning phone calls, emails, client appointments and dealing with the daily challenges of running your business, then juggling all that with time for family and friends? If so, you’re not alone!

Most entrepreneurs and professionals start businesses because of values they hold, work they enjoy and are good at, and a desire to take more control of their lives. The new entrepreneur must wear the many hats of CEO, receptionist, sales manager, marketing director and janitor all rolled into one, and it’s easy to get out of balance by yielding to the pressure of business. The once-cherished values are often forced to take a back seat in the busy, demanding world of the small business owner.

If you feel your life is unbalanced, then it probably is. Take the following Life Balance Quiz and check to see if you need to make some adjustments.

You Are Probably Out of Balance if You’re too Busy to:

Get the quantity and quality of sleep you need
Take time for regular exercise
Watch your diet and eat the right stuff
Enjoy regular, quality time with your family
Maintain a balanced social life
Continue your own personal and professional education: studying, reading and learning to further develop your skills
Spend time in your spiritual area
Take time to nurture yourself, relax and just have fun!

Keep in mind that the sacrifices you make as a business owner often involve your family too. If you have children, then their physical and emotional needs must still be met.

The Potential Dangers of Continuing Out of Balance

1. Experience personal burnout and sabotage everything you’ve worked hard to build
2. Damage the relationships that are important to you, hurting those you love most
3. Lose sight of your values and what is really important to you
4. Wreck your health

When I received a phone call from Dave recently, telling me that he had been in an accident and his car was totaled, the office crises I was dealing with suddenly became unimportant. Thankfully Dave was unhurt, but this was a reminder to us of the brevity of life and a reminder to recognize every day as a precious gift to be grateful for, to be savored and spent wisely. When a catastrophe occurs in our life or in our family, we quickly acquire a different perspective.

The Benefits of a Balanced Life

In addition to physical and emotional health, and the enjoyment of others – especially friends and family – a balanced life results in peace of mind and freedom from guilt caused by not being able to cope with all you’ve committed to do.

Tips to Get Back in Balance

Identify your core values and let them guide you
Understand when your ‘prime time’ is and maximize it
Recognize and accept your limitations, and give yourself permission to put some projects on hold for now in order to give attention to what is more important
Worry less about what others think and tell us we should or shouldn't be doing
Learn to say “no”
Relax! Take ‘play breaks’ during the day. After a few moments of play, you’ll have renewed energy and concentration
Learn to switch off at the end of your workday
Devote one day a week to family or relaxing and nurturing yourself
Commit to regular life balance check-ups, possibly using the Life Balance Wheel

The Life Balance Check Wheel

For your life now, rate each of the areas below from 1 - 10.
0 = Need help here; 10 = Doing great in this area!

Physical ____
Rest ____
Spiritual ____
Mental/Intellectual ____
Business/Career ____
Financial ____
Family ____
Social ____

Place a dot on each spoke of the wheel in the illustration below, indicating where you currently see yourself in each area. Connect the dots and check your life balance. Plan to make the necessary adjustments in areas where you need to change.

Running a successful, growing business and maintaining a balanced life is an ongoing challenge. Take time for regular check-ups in this area and readjust where necessary in order to be successful over the long haul. Enjoy the journey, and you’ll be able to look back with satisfaction on a well-balanced life.

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© 2005-2007 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 businesses. To receive FREE business success articles with tips to help you with your business, sign up for their award-winning ezine, “In-Flight Refueling,” at:, and receive a free copy of the eBook, Get More Done in Less Time: 101 Quick and Easy Time Tactics & Tips.

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