A mom has many jobs. Moms scrub floors and nurse scrapped knees all while balancing checkbooks and stocking the pantry. Today’s woman is on the go from the time she wakes up until the time she falls asleep. To help moms and women around the globe create some balance, here are three easy tips that you can incorporate into your life.
Create balance through scheduling. Scheduling is an important tool. Teachers send you a schedule for the month of what your child is doing. Computers and cellphones have scheduling apps where you can share the schedule you’ve created with others such as co-parents, grandparents, and babysitters.
Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule is an important part of his autobiography. Yet, it’s extremely simple. During the morning hours of 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Benjamin Franklin handles the obvious, bath, and eat breakfast. It also addresses setting the intention for the day. Ben says, “address Powerful Goodness” and “contrive” the day’s business by taking “resolution of the day.”
That’s just Ben’s morning. Ben works from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., takes lunch, and evaluates his “accounts” before returning to work from 2:00 pm until 6:00 p.m. As the evening ends the day, Ben focuses on putting items in their proper place, enjoying music, having supper, and the prospect of good conversation all before he takes time to reflect and examine the day. Was it something to be proud of? Did Ben accomplish everything he set out to that day?
What can a modern woman take from the example? Simple, create a schedule. Benjamin Franklin didn’t publish a complicated schedule but rather a basic schedule that can be universally applied. This schedule provides time to both take account and reflect. The importance of taking time each to take stock and reflect is an essential tool for success.
Setting goals is key to achieving success. Neil Armstrong didn’t just get up one morning and say, “I think today I’ll go to the moon.” It took a team of scientists with set goals and a schedule to meet such an incredible task. Shoot for the moon! Set your goals high. Break them down into steps. Celebrate the completion of every step. Evaluate the steps every time you complete one and re-evaluate your goals to determine if changes are necessary. Do this daily.
The process of reaching a goal starts with setting a goal. However, it takes more than just thought. Holding a steady thought with positive intentions is essential. Implement the important factors of success like a schedule and the creation of steps to meet each goal until you successfully reach the ultimate goal.
Goals should be broken down into steps. Like building a home, you must first understand the basics. A home needs a foundation, walls, and a roof before you can add water, heat, and electricity. When you have a goal envisioned in your mind it is important to set down and write out the steps you will need to take to reach that goal.
Sometimes, we have goals that feel out of our reach. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right.” What did he mean by this? He meant that to reach success and achieve a goal you must start with the mindset that you can accomplish the goal.
As 21st-century women maintaining a professional and personal life balance can be challenging. The most successful people use schedules and goals. Women can use these techniques to ensure they achieve a professional/personal balance. Creating balance takes planning. Scheduling is vital to achieving balance.
It’s important to create a schedule that distinguishes professional time from personal time. During the personal time you do not take any professional calls and when in professional mode do not take personal calls. Having the professional time and personal time intermingled creates distractions. It is important to avoid these distractions because they can diminish productivity.
Unless you are a front-line worker who must take professional calls at all times, everyone, including you, your clients, friends, and family must respect your personal and professional time. There may be a rare case where it’s important to make yourself available during personal hours but in most professions, you can return those calls during business hours.
Creating a work-life balance requires a schedule. Make clear to your clients and your friends/family when you are and are not available. Explain politely, “I’m only available from x to y.” And, when they ask why just explain, “It’s important to me to have a boundary so that I can give my full attention to my clients and my family.” Most people will understand the importance of what you are saying and will respect it.
Women, and people in general, are more productive when they have a daily schedule and routine. Goals are vital to success. Consider evaluating your goals daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly essential. Having a regular schedule and a daily goal evaluation is one of the keys to the success used by many well-known and unknown successful individuals.
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