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Work/Life Balance Is the Wrong Paradigm

Posted by PointA_PointB on August 29, 2011

Many of my clients want to discuss work/life balance and how they might possibly be able to achieve that. They feel stretched too thin. They think they should be able to “have it all.” They get stressed out trying to fit relaxation into their schedule! They feel guilty that somehow their life should be different or that things would be better if they could…

If this sounds like you, I think I may have figured out what the problem is. Work/Life Balance is the wrong paradigm and sets you up to feel like you are failing. I want you to consider for a minute the word “balance.” Actual balance can be measured in seconds and sometimes minutes but never over the longer term.

Maybe you remember the first time you tried to walk the length of the balance beam with your arms out, catching yourself as your weight shifted too far to the left or too far to the right. Or maybe you have done a yoga pose on one foot or some agility exercise and thought to yourself, “Balancing is hard!” Balance might also imply that you should be giving equal weight to everything, which is often impossible.

Instead, I would like to ask you to consider Work/Life Allocation. This is not a fleeting instant that you struggle to hold onto or recapture. Allocation is deliberate and done with forethought and planning. Allocation puts you firmly in control of how you choose to spend your time. You can go through a process and decide what your top priorities are and how you will spend your valuable time. Your allocations will change over time depending on your priorities.

When you are launching a product, friends and even family may take a backseat temporarily – and that is OK. You made a conscious choice to allocate more time to certain priorities for a specific timeframe. You allocated your time appropriately given what was going on in your life. After your product is launched, taking care of yourself and recharging may become your top priority, and some other aspects of your life may have to wait. How you choose to allocate your time is much different now.

I like the concept of allocation because it is fluid and will change over time, will be different for everyone, and puts you firmly in control.

What do you think? Does that feel more doable? I would love to hear your thoughts about balance vs. allocation. Please leave a comment below!

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“Talking About Transitions” with Ashley Taylor Yannello

Posted by PointA_PointB on March 14, 2011

Ashley Taylor Yannello is currently working on her transition to becoming a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. She continues to offer a variety of services through her freelancing business, including: e-marketing campaigns, web design/analytics, and social media strategy http://www.ataylorcreative.com/. Ashley has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and promotes a happy, healthy, and green lifestyle http://www.healthychigal.com/.


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“Talking About Transitions” with Laura White-Ritchie

Posted by PointA_PointB on March 7, 2011

This week my guest is start-up coach Laura White-Ritchie of BrainyFeet http://brainyfeet.com. Laura helps people get out of the office, create the work they love, and start living life on their own terms. She has helped hundreds of solopreneurs and would-be non-profits decide if their idea is doable, create a plan to launch it, carve out a market niche, and tap into social media.

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Featured on WendyHanlan.com

Posted by PointA_PointB on February 28, 2011

Today I was interviewed by Wendy Hanlan about changing careers on her new website for women in their 40’s. Check it out here.

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Profiled on The Mere Idea website

Posted by PointA_PointB on February 10, 2011

I was honored to be profiled on The Mere Idea website yesterday. Mere Noonan and I are on a similar mission – getting people off their couches and starting their dream businesses. I really enjoyed meeting her. Check out her website http://www.themereidea.com/ and Facebook fan page.

Read my short interview about becoming an entrepreneur here.

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“Talking About Transitions” with Natalie Sisson

Posted by PointA_PointB on February 7, 2011

This week my guest is Natalie Sisson http://thesuitcaseentrepreneur.com/. Natalie calls herself The Suitcase Entrepreneur because since 2006, when she left New Zealand, she has been traveling the world and living out of a suitcase. She helps entrepreneurs design businesses that can be operated from anywhere.

Note: We had some technical problems but the interview starts at 1:30. Natalie was calling in from Buenos Aires.


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“Talking About Transitions” with Tera McHugh

Posted by PointA_PointB on January 31, 2011

This week my guest is Tera McHugh. Tera is the CEO and Founder of The Association of Women Entrepreneurs http://www.aofwe.com/.  The organization is designed to provide members with the tools, resources & support they need to build a successful business and live a balanced life!

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RECORDING Getting Past Fear: Making the Best Decisions for Your Small Business

Posted by PointA_PointB on January 27, 2011

Getting Past Fear: Making the Best Decisions for Your Small Business

Please join us for a free 30-minute teleclass on what you need to know about getting past fear so you can make the best decisions for your small business.

About the Panel
* Catherine Morgan is a Transition and Life Coach who helps professionals from the financial services, professional services, or technology industries establish and grow successful services businesses such as consulting or coaching practices. http://pointatopointbtransitions.com
* Mark E. Gibson is an expert in Fearless Living who coaches people to higher levels of self-confidence so that they can fearlessly go after 100% of what they want 100% of the time at work, in relationships, and in life’s adventures. http://www.RelaxYourLifeNow.com
* Cathy Presland is a Business Strategy Expert who works with professionals to take their business to extraordinary. She helps her clients make more money, have more time off, and feel fantastic about their business. http://cathypresland.com  

Join us if you have ever asked yourself these 4 questions:
1. How do I get past the fear of making the wrong decisions in my business?
2. How can I overcome my fear of rejection so that I can reach out to potential clients?
3. What do I need to do to bust through my fear of failure?
4. How can I keep fear in the background so I can move forward confidently?

This call is full of useful, actionable content. This is *not* a pitch-fest.

Enjoy the call here!

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“Talking About Transitions” with Marc Chaikin

Posted by PointA_PointB on January 24, 2011

This week my guest is Marc Chaikin http://www.chaikinpowertools.com. Marc was the creator of the first real-time analytics workstation for institutional investors, and has created Chaikin Power Tools to provide individuals with financial information previously available only to Wall Street professionals.

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“Talking About Transitions” with Michael Bungay Stanier

Posted by PointA_PointB on January 17, 2011

This week my guest is one of my personal heroes. Michael Bungay Stanier from Box of Crayons http://www.boxofcrayons.biz/ and I will talk about his transition to entrepreneur and his wonderful book “Do More Great Work.” Michael coaches organizations, writes inspiring books, and creates fantastic short movies http://www.boxofcrayonsmovies.com/

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