Bigg Success is life on your own terms. There are five elements of bigg success – money, time, growth, work and play. Today we want to focus on play, along with a heavy dose of time and work.
Work – life (im)balance
We were talking about how we schedule ourselves. Work then play. If you’re like us, work – life balance means work and work and work and work. Life gets the remains.
We’ve told you before that this is one of the things we struggle with the most. We’re entrepreneurs; we love our work. Most of the time it feels like play. But it’s still important to live a full life.
We got to thinking – if bigg success is life on our own terms, maybe it’s counter-productive to schedule ourselves the way we do. Perhaps we could have a higher quality of life by doing things differently.
We realize that this won’t apply to everybody. However, it’s worth everyone’s time to think about what we’re about to say. We feel that it works particularly well for business owners and others who have more control of their time.
Flip work – life balance to life – work balance
So here’s our bigg idea …
Financial planners will tell you that, when it comes to managing your finances, you should “pay yourself first.” Our thought is that, when it comes to managing your work – life balance, you should “play yourself first!”
Instead of work – life balance, let’s make it life – work balance. Flip it 180 degrees.
Put life first. We call it flippin’ life. Go ahead … say it with some attitude. It’s fun!
Think about how you schedule your time. If you’re like us, we always put work appointments and tasks on our calendars. But we don’t always schedule our personal time.
So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to stop scheduling all of our work first and then fitting our personal lives around it. We’re going to schedule our play time first and then work around that! We’re flippin’ life!
We encourage you to join us. Let’s schedule our days, weeks and months so we put the right first things first.
Let’s flip it!
Let’s place health before wealth. Let’s focus on getting healthier. Making sure we eat properly. There are days when we get so caught up in our work that we forget to eat. It’s dinner time and we still haven’t had breakfast! No more!
We’ll also make sure we get that exercise we need. We’ll get plenty of sleep. We’ll nourish our minds and souls as well.
Let’s position people before profit. Let’s make relationship-building a priority. We’ll plan time with our family and friends. We’ll schedule time to meet new people. Sure this may help us at work as well, but that’s not our goal. We’re focused on the people, not the payoff.
Let’s put experiences before earnings. We want to have experiences, perhaps in synergy (the bigg idea behind bigg success) with improving our health and building relationships, which allow us to live a full life. Through these experiences, we’ll discover new things about ourselves and our world.
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Is this just a pipe dream?
We can hear you now. You think we’re flippin’ crazy!
We say, “Flippin’ no!”
Honestly, we don’t know if this will work. However, we’re going to give it our best shot because we have a suspicion …
By scheduling our play first, we’ll be more focused at work because we’ll have to be!
We’ll have to get just as much done, but we’ll have less time to do it. However, we think we’ll be even more productive. Why, you ask?
We think we will play more because we scheduled it first.
No flippin’ duh, you say. Okay, we understand your skepticisim, but here’s where it starts to get good …
We think, because we play more, we will have even more energy for our work when we work.
We also will know more people and have better relationships with the people we know. We’ll be more effective at finding the right people to work with when it’s in everybody’s best interest.
And because we will have more experiences to draw upon, we will find new solutions to old problems.
In short, it’s synergy! There’s that word again! The bigg idea behind bigg success!
If you want to get on board with us, here’s what we suggest …
Get out your Blackberry, your Planner or whatever you use for scheduling. Start making appointments for all those personal things you want to do. Then fit work into the remaining time instead of the other way around. You’re flippin’ life!
Putting life first. What a flippin’ concept! That’s definitely life on your own terms. That’s bigg success!
What do you think of this idea? Have you ever considered putting play first?
Share that with us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 877.988.BIGG(2444) or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks so flippin’ much for reading our flippin’ post today! There’s it out of our flippin’ (oops) system now.
If you’re a business owner, there’s one cost-cutting measure that really costs you. Please join us next time when we discuss it. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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