All posts tagged "Balanced life"

  • The work/life balance myth

    The work/life balance myth

    There’s so much talk about the so-called work/life balance which perpetuates the myth that there is a balance between work and life. In reality, we have one life. Work, family, friends, playtime, and rest-time are...

  • 5 ways to rebuild your life

    Life can often throw you (and your business or career) into a deep dark place, and it is hard to move on. You feel depressed, perhaps also unworthy, demotivated, and lonely. But it is not...

  • Work-life balance is a misleading concept in business!

    Work-life balance is a misleading concept in business!

    What we have been told is that we are to strive for a ‘work-life balance’, but realistically what does that mean? Everybody talks about it, but who do you actually know who has achieved it?...

  • Things you should know about work-life balance

    Things you should know about work-life balance

    Finding balance is one of the hardest things to achieve if you have a family and work full time. You want to be there for your spouse and children, but you also have a responsibility...

  • Five years ago, I thought I had everything I could wish for, a big salary and an excellent reputation in my field. Despite my earnings, I was still living paycheck to paycheck, paying for more than I could afford, racking up credit card debt, all while believing I 'deserved' it all, and could afford my lifestyle, because my job was eternal. However, when my boss insisted I cancel a holiday I had been planning and paying for over the past two years, and told me "I pay you enough to ask you to stay, and I can always find someone who will replace you if you don't," I began to question everything I had been working for. On one hand, I didn't want to lose my job, and the lifestyle I had created, but I wasn't prepared, or deserved, to sacrifice everything for my work. I asked myself, 'is this really what life is all about? Am I supposed to look forward to 30 more years of a 12-hour-a-day corporate lifestyle, and forget about everything else I desire?" I had always been proud to consider my life as my primary business, and, at that moment, I realised what an unfulfilling company I had created. The one mistake I made about my big salary is that it would last as long as I wanted - which meant I was living on credit, with no assets, only one source of income and no alternative investment for the future. I realised I needed to change the way I functioned to never be out of options again. Here are the tools I used to change my mindset towards money and my job, allowing me to create more and feel fulfilled in all areas of my life. 1. Choose yourself. Corporations usually revolve around the company's needs. Follow their example and apply this to your own life. Get clear on what you need and desire and ask yourself "Am I getting what I want?" If the answer is no, start looking at what you require to create it. What if you could use the system to work for you? Pursue your hobby or start volunteering for activities that make you happy, inside or outside the office. When you are having fun, it shows, and people notice your value. 2. Create your 'me.inc' fund. We often believe it's important to spend money, but actually it's having money that changes your whole sense of self and security. Start contributing at least 10% of what you earn to an account. As it grows, you will get the sense that you have money, and with this mindset, you will be able to generate more in your life. This process can also help you become aware of the areas in your life that aren't working or fulfilling you. 3. Make your money work for you. If your salary is your only revenue stream, consider diversifying. Invest in something you're interested in or find exciting and learn everything you can about your new investment. Look at business that make you curious, or things you enjoy. For example, I've been researching silver, gold and antique coins and identifying any risks involved in investing in them (as there are many forgeries). The more I learn, the better my choices when making future investments. 4. Be pragmatic. A big salary is not enough. Most people do not know how much it costs to run their life and think that as long as they receive money, they get to spend it. Create a budget and define exactly how much it costs to run your life - including paying any outstanding debt - and then compare that amount to what you are making now. Look at everything you are buying as if you were a business: Is this an asset or a liability? Is this going to create value, or is it an unnecessary cost? Will it be worth something in the future? Also, if what you are earning less than your desired lifestyle costs, ask: "What else can I add to my life that would make me that kind of money right away?" And take action. 5. Be willing to change what doesn't work. If you are constantly dreading your work day and waiting for the days and weeks to end, then it may be time to consider a change. Look at pursuing a new career or company that will fulfill your needs and bring joy and excitement back to your work day, as though you are your own corporation, looking for the perfect candidate. 6. Recognize what works, and create more of that. We usually underestimate where we are excelling. Start looking at what is working for you, and be grateful for it. This habit starts to shift your focus to see what works, and you give your mind the job of creating more of that. Our hectic lives make us live as if tomorrow didn't exist. I found out the hard way, and I am now sharing with you what I have found to work for me. Now it is your turn. What if you started today to create the future you'd like to have, instead of stumbling upon it when it happens? With these simple tools, you can do just that, on your terms.

    How big salaries can kill you

    Five years ago, I thought I had everything I could wish for, a big salary and an excellent reputation in my field. Despite my earnings, I was still living paycheck to paycheck, paying for more...

  • How to balance productivity and leisure while traveling

    How to balance productivity and leisure while traveling

    Business trips are often listed as one of the perks of certain jobs. Unfortunately, those who travel often for work can attest to the fact that, more often than not, they can be closer to...

  • Women, business and sanity

    Women, business and sanity

    Congratulations are in order. Against all the odds, you have reached the top of the tree. As the big boss, you don’t have to tolerate the boy’s club any longer because you make the decisions....

  • Professional to personal | find the right balance

    First off, let’s demolish the myth that romance is effortless for professional women. Of course, being a single professional with a progressive career has a lot of rewards, but it also presents some unique problems...