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Finding Balance October 29, 2007

Posted by coachtonya in From Coach Tonya.
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The definition of balance is a “harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design).The idea of life/work balance is to be able to create and maintain that “harmonious arrangement” between running a business and being an equally contributing presence in your family. Balancing family and running a business can be a daunting task, the objectives of this class is to give you a deeper understanding of balance and the benefits of balancing your family life with your business life. We will also explore ways to create and maintain your balance.

What does balance mean to you? Each of us are individuals, what means balance to me might not work for someone else because of differences in priorities and lives. Decide what you want. It not just about how much time you devote to each area, it is about that “harmonious arrangement”. Decide what is important, what you want to accomplish over the next 6 months, the next year, the next five years. Ask yourself what you want your life to be like, what is your ideal life.

One of the reasons that I think people find it so hard to balance is that they are not looking in the terms of what they want to accomplish professionally and as a parent. Without definition “balance” becomes a vague and generic term that fails to bring harmony because there is no meaning behind it.

So, when defining what balance means to you also have to answer the question “What do you hope to accomplish by creating and maintaining balance.

You want a way to give time to the priorities in your life?

Are you hoping that balance is going to allow you to do what you need to do with a minimal of stress?

Will balance give you time to grow your business and spend more time with your family?

It maybe all of the above and it might be for totally different reasons then my examples.

Whatever the reason, balance has different meanings to everyone.  Take some time when deciding to create balance in your life to explore what it means to you and what you want from it.

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