When you are planning for a major shift in your life (i.e., giving your life to Jesus Christ, getting married, having kids, moving or retirement), you need to reevaluate your priorities. In business, it is the same process (i.e., merger deal, changing products/services, adding a partner). These are all circumstances when you must do something to help ensure that your work life balance stays in equilibrium. People who don’t often times find themselves angry, mistake-prone, stressed-out and ready to give up. I have gone through some of these changes and found three things to work well in my Miami metro environment.
Step 1: Put God first in your day. Anyone with a small business in Miami can attest to the fact there are a lot of distractions. Constantly, there are networking opportunities, conferences and other events that may seem important to attend, but can be overwhelming to keep pace with. Miami is an epicenter for it because of the weather and entertainment here all year. Therefore, start your day by connecting with God and reading a Bible passage. This helps me make decisions on what jobs I take, the places I go and who I should connect with. Allowing God to guide my life and business is the best decision I have ever made because it helps me remain balanced without as much planning. I must say that this may be difficult for some to achieve immediately because it requires a relationship with Jesus Christ and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Step 2: Create a must-do and should-do list of priorities. It may seem trivial, but making a list of what you must-do and what you should-do actually helps you visualize your daily goals. Remember, not all meetings are important, but a task, like paying your business insurance definitely is vital. Ending your work day at a decent hour according to your family’s needs are more important than taking one more call, in most cases, so you should let your voicemail do it its job. Screening calls is a must because a sales call on a busy day can interrupt your progress for a worthwhile priorities list. Try to designate a special time to handle less urgent calls.
Step 3: Be honest with family, friends, etc. about your shift in behavior. Tell them that you are making changes and to allow for you to work out any issues that may come about. Patience and endurance are fundamental to the success of this step. Outsiders may feel that you are pulling away from everything, but in essence, you are embracing the evolving you. Perhaps, cancelling a dinner date with friends at the last minute may happen sometimes. However, it is not because you are being rude, but because you failed to plan effectively. Effective planning starts with a consistent routine and having blocks of time scheduled to be free every day and on weekends to avoid busy overload.
Conclusion: Life is not a beach, even in Miami, because there are always people working it seems. Brickell is a prime example, it seems like everyone there is always rushing. My husband and I are lucky to have work that we can enjoy together doing weddings, but even that can interfere with our time being simply a couple. Therefore, taking a step back to look at things to help better organize your workplace, home and schedule are worth the investment. Miami business owners should be able to embrace where they live and take some time to play in the sun to achieve the balance everyone needs to thrive. Best of all, you will come back refreshed with new ideas, better productivity, more sound health and a happier home. Keep in mind that you should let God guide your path in this life. It all begins with how you start the day. Don’t delay, you will find that your life can be more fulfilled than ever with God at the helm of your home and business.