End the struggle to balance your professional and personal life in five steps

June 25, 2015

End the struggle to balance your professional and personal life in five steps

Do you have a vision for your business and your life? If not, it is time for you to make one.

A vision is a clear picture of your business and life that you want. Your vision is your personal definition of success, defining how your life fits with your business and vice versa.

Most articles on the topic suggest that your vision is a statement (like a mission statement). I recommend that your vision not be a statement, but instead a narrative that describes success for your entire life.

Create a blueprint

I encourage you to create a vision that looks more like a blueprint. Your vision includes all the pieces required for you to love life. Once you have that, you are ready to work towards your blueprint with every decision you make, business and personal.

Here are my five steps to create your blueprint:

  1. Set aside at least one hour of uninterrupted time

If you have free hour now, I recommend that you get out a pen and paper or open a new document on your computer and follow along. [If you are not free now, come back when you have the time.]

  1. Answer this question

“What is your ideal day, from the moment you open your eyes until the moment you go to sleep?”

The more detail you put in your response the better. For example, what type of bed do you wake up in? Who is there? Where are you?  Do not limit yourself and imagine that you have every skill you need.  Your goal is to describe a repeatable day that would make you truly happy.

If you need a lot of variation in your days, define a set of days that would make you truly happy.

Your response defines why you want to make money and how you want to do it. It defines what you are looking for personally, professionally, socially and more. This exercise may feel like wishy-washy mumbo-jumbo, but the engineer in me will come out in the next step. Trust me!

Make sure to describe the following throughout your day:

  • Physical Environments:  The places and things in your life
  • People:  The people in your life
  • Task Attributes: The activities in your life
  • Task Schedule: The flow of your life
  • General Feel: The feel of your life
  1. Reflect on your answer

Now is the time for analysis. Revisit your response and look for the essential pieces, pieces that you cannot live without. They are the ones that make up your vision; they define you personally. For me, I discovered that the beach house on the mountain in the Caribbean was not essential (but still would be pretty awesome). However, being creative and developing things with my hands was essential. Before I completed this exercise, I never knew how important that was to me! The more in-depth you complete step 2, the more you have to work with in step 3.

  1. Plan and implement

Once you know your blueprint, assess where you are right now and identify the gaps. Create a plan to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. Review your vision everyday until you have it memorized. Try to make each day your essential ideal day and enjoy your progress. Think critically about how to improve everyday.

  1. Update your blueprint

Every few months, revisit your vision. Life changes and your preferences change. Your vision is a living document and you need to update it from time to time. Return to step 1 to see what new things you learn about yourself and update your plans accordingly.

By following these five steps you will have a clear picture of what you are working for, why it is important to you and what you need to do to get there. Your vision will help you work through those tough times and stay positive after a rejection.

My vision is a few pages long and it truly helps me guide my decision making – I know WHY I want to empower my clients and I also know HOW I want to do that. If you are feeling frustrated, unsure, worried or overwhelmed, I recommend that you take an hour and devote your full efforts to creating a vision for your entire life.

If you questions, concerns or comments, please let me know. I would be happy to connect with you and discuss your vision!

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Ada Barlatt

Ada Y. Barlatt, PhD is a Life Engineer and Founder of Sumptu. Sumptu is a six step decision making process. If you are worrying about a decision, Sumptu is for you! Using her ‘engineering meets personal development approach’ Ada empowers you to find clarity and move forward. Follow Ada on Twitter, @ada_barlatt.