jm-womenmanagement-artleadwide-o6_20120306163100708915-420x0I was spending time with my goddaughter, Madison, a 5 year old little girl with tenacity and perseverance like no other! Things were unusually quiet and I thought, where is she?

Madison was up in the office and I called her name. With a milk mustache and crumbs around her mouth, she turned around from the computer and said “I can’t talk right now, I’m working”. I looked at her and thought “oh my god, we’ve created a monster.”  Madison was already learning the importance of work and that you might even have to work through your milk and cookies break!

For the woman who has a full life, balance is the buzzword these days and you’re probably working through your own version of the milk and cookies break.

The word ‘balance’ is generally defined as an equal distribution of weight. Now, consider a typical day, if I spend a large chunk of time at work, as we all do, and another chunk at the gym, getting ready for work, commuting, and spending some quality time with people in my life before sleeping, there isn’t a lot of time left.

Can there really be an equal distribution of weight? Is it possible to attain balance? I say, most likely not. What’s more effective and perhaps even more liberating is considering what you really want and developing a blueprint for success.

Here are a few steps to begin moving in the right direction:

  1. Write down the things you are doing – everything!
  1. Compare the list against what you want and eliminate those things that are not congruent. Be brutally honest about what needs to go.
  1. Add things that you do want – begin thoroughly investigating the things you want that are not listed and add them.
  1. Change your mindset. Go to work on how you think about the list of all your wants and desires and make adjustments.

Then apply the 4 principles of time management:

  • Do only the things that you can do – be careful here. This is tough.
  • Leverage your resources – take a look at your pool of resources to determine what you have at your fingertips that can be leveraged to aid in having what you want.
  • Delegate tasks to those who are willing to do that task, are skilled, competent, have the capacity, and passion for the responsibility of it all.
  • Manage the results. Follow up to see if things are getting done.

If you take this on, you’ll have a clear blueprint for success and balance will no longer plague you or even be a part of your vocabulary but a part of everyday living.

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Lisa Thomas is the CEO of The P3 Group, Inc. and The P3 Group International, LLC, publisher of The P3 Power Boost Online Magazine, host of The P3 Power Boost Radio Show, and President of the Board of Directors of NetWorth. She is a 20-year veteran in business, executive leadership and performance coaching/consulting. She has worked extensive with corporate call centers, executives and small business enterprises. She’s been a featured columnist and business strategist on Affiliate NPR, WFDD, The Cary News, Fox 8 and numerous NBC affiliate stations.

Lisa is best known for her business and leadership acumen and is widely recognized her ability to develop leaders to be more effective. Lisa is also a sought after keynote speaker on various topics women in leadership face. She generously donates her time and expertise to a number of organizations and worthy causes, including NetWorth, the Business Succession Forum Network, and the Hazel B. Neal Foundation, for which she recently was recognized with the woman of Power, Purpose and Vision award. In her downtime, she can be found practicing yoga, cycling, swimming, reading a good book or spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Thomas
CEO/Sr. Business Strategist
The P3 Group, Inc.

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