Issue: September/October 2010
Entrepreneur's Toolkit: Master Work/Life Balance
You’ve got your career, the kids, a spouse, deadlines, social commitments — the list goes on. Jeannine Gury, a life coach and owner of Freshwater Coaching, suggests a quick priority check to be sure you’re carving time for what matters most to you. “The most common pitfall is failing to listen to yourself, getting caught up in everyone else’s needs and wants,” Gury says.
Stop. And take this advice from Gury.
★ Create a quiet space. Write in a journal, go for a run, sit alone in the garden. “Learning to listen to yourself is a process, so be patient,” Gury says.
★ Ask yourself tough questions. What is really important to you? What brings you joy? What gives you energy? Where can you place those answers in your day, week or month?
★ What saps your energy? “Find a way to turn that around,” Gury says.
★ Analyze this. “Look at the connections and disconnections in your answers,” Gury says, noting that this exercise lays the groundwork for prioritizing life activities that help you thrive.
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