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You Don't Have to Choose: 5 Tips for Balancing Your Personal Life With Your Business's Growth

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Finding a new creative outlet (whether it's learning a language or testing out your photography skills) can refresh your perspective on the balance between work and play. 

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Create a routine

Create a simple daily routine that includes time for both your personal and work priorities. 

Because one of the most exhausting parts of balancing work and life is related to the multitude of tiny prioritization decisions (working in that project vs choosing to go out with a friend, for example).

Find your peak hours

Determine when you do your best work.  Focus your professional responsibilities during that time, and save your "off hours" for leisure.

Embrace work friends

Build meaningful relationships with work friends, because they can relate to what you're dealing with.

Your close circle will be eager to support you throughout your work's highs and lows, but talking about your work-related worries can leave you feeling isolated or even burdensome.

Try something new

Finding a new creative outlet (whether it's learning a language or testing out your photography skills) can refresh your perspective on the balance between work and play. 

Make it personal

Define what balance means to you, and hold yourself to that.

Choose to be honest with yourself about how you're holding up, and acknowledge that there's no universal formula for happiness. 

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Stop multi-tasking

Wherever you are, be focused on what's in front of you.

When you're interrupted, it takes 15-20 minutes to get your focus back to it was before being distracted. If you're multi-tasking, you'll be less efficient and your long term memory will suffer.

Connecting physical spaces with behaviors

We mentally tie certain physical areas to certain behaviors. If you associate your home with relaxation, why would you let something stressful like work infiltrate it? You're better off to stay at work and deepen the connection between productivity and your workspace.

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Do Your Research First

Commit to a niche--but choose the one you can actually win. All the big names in your industry started out by dominating a small space.

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Weave Your Brand Into Everything You Do

For example, brand the content you're creating, whether it's great data (charts, research, infographics, visualizations, etc.), photos, memes, or cool diagrams or workflows.

Think about the tone and style of your content. You need to be intentional in how you develop your personal brand. Simply blogging or showing up on social media doesn't cut it.

Go Big at Industry Conferences or Stay Home

Generally, the people who attend a large industry conference will only remember the top 2 % - 5 % of sessions. The rest will be forgotten.

You need to be great. If you aren't reasonably confident that you will be among the top presentations, don't bother.

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Your personal core values

... are there to guide behavior and choice. 

Get them right and you'll be swift and focused in your decision-making, with clear direction. 

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5 Steps to Identify your values
  1. Think through and describe the following in detail: What have been your 3 greatest accomplishments and 3 greatest moments of efficiency and what are any common themes that you can identify?
  2. Think through and describe the following in detailWhat have been your 3 greatest failures and 3 greatest moments of inefficiency and the common themes that you can identify?
  3. Identify 3-4 brief sentences of advice you would give to yourself based upon these commonalities.
  4. Try and reduce them to a few words. 
  5. Test the value. Think of a situation where following your core value hurts you rather than helps you.