Work Life Balance Is a Myth

Work Life Balance is like the snow leopard of the world of entrepreneurship.  In fact, I think Work Life Balance is a myth.

WHY?  Because growing a business, investing in family in relationships, continuing to learn, staying healthy, pursuing spirituality, find time for hobbies, and discovering your true life’s purpose are all quite difficult and take time.

Honestly, I think Work Life Balance is a myth, and here is why.   Starting or building a business like yours takes time, effort, sweat, and risk.  All of those things can drain your creativity and your drive if not careful.  But time and effort are what is required to get the job done.

So what are you supposed to do about finding time for the other things are our list?  Simple.  Take baby steps – but keep your feet moving.

More times than I can count, I have fallen into the trap of “I’ll get there.”  This is a lie we tell ourselves that we will just set aside other things for a day or two while we get our business up and going.  5 years later we remember to look and realize we have lost a ton of things while we were building our dream.

I don’t know about you, but I do not want do all this work and then have terrible health or no one there to share it with.

So, I make it a priority to set appointments with myself to work on the areas of my life that help me be a complete person.  For me they are my: business, relationships, health, education, spirituality, interests, and my ultimate life’s purpose.

Now, like you, I do not have time to devote to the each of those the way I want to – but I stay moving forward by setting aside little moments to invest in each – regardless of how little time I may have.  Here are the ways I am taking little steps this week:

I am back journaling every morning while I have a cup of coffee – helps w business focus and ideas, relationships since I often write about my smokin’ hot wife, Susie, and my life’s purpose because I write about the things I see myself going.
I set up a bike in my living room (odd, I know) so that I can come right in early in the morning and ride while watching the news, weather, whatever.  I even started a podcast yesterday that I had not found time for before.  So this one thing supports my health, and my business, and my overall life’s purpose.
I enrolled in an online course that I can do a little bit of everyday before I leave the office.  I have set an appointment like I would for a meeting with a client.  It is not moveable and not something I take lightly.  If I am going to get to my goal (to be shared later) I have to take control.
So what about you?  How do you handle the balance of life’s demands?  I would love to hear about it.

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