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Work / Life is Not A BalanceMy life is at a defined “transition point.” My kids are off to college and I just turned 50. My husband has a new job and we have a comfortable income. All of this was the perfect opportunity for me to PAUSE for the first time in many years, to reflect on who I am, who I want to be, and what I want my life to look like in the future. I have felt guilt about spending so much time working on my business, working for clients and spending time in front of my computer. We hear about the “4 Hour Work Week” and think we must be doing something wrong if we are working 10-12 hour days at our desks instead of out surfing or hiking. What I failed to recognize and celebrate was that I built my own business, and had the flexibility for many years to be home with and for my kids, to be able to put them first when needed, and to immerse myself in building a business I love and am proud of. What was missing? The “FOMO” Fear of Missing Out I experienced was that I was not working the “right” way, that there should be a “balance” between work and non-work time. Was I not having enough “fun?” Because I worked so much, did that mean I was not happy? As I analyzed these feelings, what I realized was that I really AM happy! What was missing was intentionality – a purposeful approach to using my time where, rather than feeling controlled BY my business, I put myself in control.
Gaining Intentional Control of Your LifeWhat gave me the control I was searching for was the combination of
- Designing Your Life, which helped me give thoughtful consideration to what is important to me and what I enjoy, and
- The 12 Week Year, where I learned how to measure and be accountable not only to goals and small tasks, but to how these goals and tasks fit into the vision I laid out for myself.