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Work/Life. There Is No Balancing | Really Little Wins
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I recently read a great piece that was shared by the wonderful people at Revolve Branding. If you’re not familiar with their work, they’re the people trying to take this fair city that I call home, Halifax, and turn it into something truly wonderful. Well, it already is totally wonderful. Rather, they’re trying to engage the people and get them excited about the beautiful city that we call home. In any case, the post was about work/life balance or rather the fallacy that is work/life balance. You see, as they discuss in the post, for most of us that are entrepreneurs, work IS our life so to try to balance our life and our life becomes a daunting or even seemingly impossible task. The issue is not with us being able to understand how to balance our “life” and our “work” but rather it is with our understanding of the value that our “life” gives our “work”. Let me be clear as we move forward in this. I didn’t invent this concept. I’m simply paying the idea forward.

Do you know when we are most productive? I’m not talking about time of day. I’m not talking about seasons. I’m not talking about locations that make for better working habits. I’m talking about a state of mind. Do you know when we are most productive? We are most productive when we are happy. We are most productive when we are healthy. Healthy, happy people get things done. It’s a fact. It’s a fact that all of us know. Do you work better after you’ve run 5k or after you’ve eaten a half a pepperoni pizza? I wish, as much as you do that it was the latter but all evidence points to the former. We work best when are healthy and happy. So if we know this, then why do we consistently make choices that push us in the opposite direction? Simply put, most of us have an issue with willpower. We like things that make us feel good right now even if they make us feel awful later and for a longer period of time. We binge watch The Walking Dead when we should be taking online courses and learning how to code. We eat a hamburger when we should eat a salad. We stay up watching Sunday Night Football when we should be getting a solid sleep so that we can spend Monday working our ass off.

So, how do we fix it? The first step is always the most difficult. We use excuses. I can’t start eating better, I’m on vacation. I can’t run tonight, Survivor is on. I’ll start that next month. Well, not next month, because that’s my birthday, but I’ll start the month after that. Wait. That’s Christmas. I’ll start in the New Year. Well, 2015 is here people. So let’s get started right now. I’ll start with you. You’re not alone in all this. You’re not the ONE person that didn’t stick with their diet. You’re not the ONE person that gave up on your new meditation habit. You’re not the ONE person who’s not getting it done. You’re in a really big boat. Get ready to paddle. I’ll paddle with you.

Eating better makes you feel healthy. Being healthy makes you feel happy. Feeling happy makes you a better worker. So let’s start eating healthy. It’s ok to eat a sundae. Just don’t eat a sundae every day. It’s ok if you don’t like kale. I don’t like kale. Kale tastes, unfortunately, a lot like kale. So don’t eat kale. But don’t replace kale with chocolate bars. Eat like you’ve got some sense. You’ve got some sense, don’t you.

Exercising releases chemicals into your bloodstream that give you more energizer, improve your memory, your creativity, and give you enough energy to kick Monday right in the face. That’s some science right there. Straight up chemistry, probably. I should stress that I’m not a scientist, nor have I ever purported to be. But here’s what I do know. When you get your body right and your mind right you get your act together, all in one fell swoop. There are a lot of entrepreneurs who are out of shape. In fact, they’re more specifically IN a certain shape, it’s just not the type of shape that you want to be in. However, when you look at really successful entrepreuneurs; the hustlers; the real deals; you notice one thing.; as a rule, they’re in pretty good physical condition. They recognize the connection between sound body and mind. Some of my fave local entrepreneurs are also in real good shape. Me, I’m working on it.

So, you know what you should do. So, do it. Tomorrow, go for a run. Not 23.5km. Maybe 2km. Maybe 1km. Anything. Just start. Tomorrow, pack a lunch. It doesn’t need to be kale chips and artisan vegan cheese. Maybe just don’t eat potato chips and a hamburger for lunch. Going to Starbucks? Go skinny. Did you know that it’s like less than half the calories. Or even better, if you’re going to drink coffee, drink black coffee.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s a terribly clichéd statement. Also, like most clichés, it’s also true. Also, tomorrow is quite literally a new year. It is January 1st, 2015. So do yourself a favor. Don’t wait. Start now. And if you need help along the way, reach out. I’m also happy to help people get their house in order. Whether it’s your diet, your fitness or your business, I’m here to help get you where you need to be.

So, what are you waiting for?