Operation "Rescue Me" - How to Regain Balance as Home-Based Business Owner

Written by Laurie Hayes

Every once in a while, we as entrepreneurs have to burnrepparttar midnight oil to meet deadlines and go that extra mile to accomplish a specific task.

I'm always reminding clients and readers to make sure they remain aware of how they are allocating their time so they donít create an imbalance between their work and personal lives.

All work and no play makes for a lonely, unhealthy and unfulfilling life.

This week I created an imbalance for myself and as a result, am now sitting at my computer on a Saturday night with one eye partially closed and a very tired mind and body.

Like you, I too get caught up with a project that demands a great deal of time and energy and requires uninterrupted, total attention.

Being a small and home-based business owner requires periods of intense focus and hard work and part ofrepparttar 148614 entrepreneurial spirit isrepparttar 148615 amazing ability to do whatever it takes to accomplish a task when a situation warrants.

I stressrepparttar 148616 importance of maintaining healthy work/life balance, particularly as it relates torepparttar 148617 day-to-day activities ofrepparttar 148618 small business owner.

Even more so, however, isrepparttar 148619 absolute need to re-establish balance afterrepparttar 148620 scales have been tipped due to a short-term demanding project or intense activity.

You know when you are out of balance. You're energy is drained, you can't focus, you aren't eating properly, you are easily agitated and your zest for fun is gone.

As soon as you recognize these symptoms, make a conscious decision to take corrective action immediately.

The thing you want to avoid is ridingrepparttar 148621 wave of overwhelm and imbalance any longer than you have to. Pay attention to how you feel and if you don't like it, do something about it pronto.

Yesterday I completedrepparttar 148622 demanding weeklong task I had set for myself and knew I had burnedrepparttar 148623 candle at both ends just long enough to start feeling burned out.

I recognizedrepparttar 148624 effects ofrepparttar 148625 imbalance I created and instituted Operation "Rescue Me" that will run forrepparttar 148626 next several days.

Today was get-plenty-of-rest-and-eat-only-healthy-foods-day. I did a lot of napping and when I was awake, I ate only raw vegetables, yogurt and drank a lot of water and fruit juice. Tonight I will go to bed early to put myself back on schedule.

Tomorrow is get-outside-enjoy-the-sunshine-and-spend-time-with-loved-ones day. The weather here has been absolutely beautiful and I missed a great deal of it while locked in my office for a week. Tomorrow it's sunshine, a beautiful warm breeze and a delicious BBQ with family.

Forrepparttar 148627 following several days I have tennis dates planned with a good friend.

The Ultimate Time Management Tips: 5 Steps To Reaching Your Goals With Minimum Work

Written by Martin Franzen

Would you like to know how to get 10 times more done in a day than most people do in a week, with less work?

Then listen closely. You're about to discoverrepparttar ONE time management and productivity secret that really works.

This little technique isrepparttar 148613 ONLY thing you need to master if you want to reach all your goals with minimum work and free up your valuable time.

Have you ever had a hundred things on your to-do list, tried to do them all, only to get so tied up in your work that you couldn't seem to finish any of them? Do you remember how frustrating it was?

Then you knowrepparttar 148614 feeling I'm talking about. And you're not alone - millions of people suffer from it every day.

I'm talking about a monster called information overload. It's responsible for more failed projects than all other factors combined, and if you want maximum results from your efforts you need to get rid of it - especially if you're in a home based business.

Here's a simple 5 step formula for eliminatingrepparttar 148615 problem forever. When mastered, it will help you reach any goal you may have. It's quite easy, really:

1. List your MOST important tasks

First, make a short list ofrepparttar 148616 most important things you can do now to getrepparttar 148617 results you're after. Doing this first lets you seerepparttar 148618 big picture, and it helps you focus onrepparttar 148619 things that really matter. Don't worry aboutrepparttar 148620 small stuff for now.

2. Pickrepparttar 148621 ONE thing from your list that is MOST important right now

Next, you decide which task is most important. Which item on your list is most critical? Which one step, if you could finish only one of them, would give yourepparttar 148622 greatest results? Pick one, and write it down.

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