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My initial plan was to write about “finding balance”. I think about it a lot. But, the truth is, I’m constantly seeking it, never arriving at this optimum balance of which I dream. The life of a work-at-home mom / voice-over business owner is a daily balancing act that never really balances out.

I don’t know what works for you. Balance is a very personal pursuit. It is constantly in flux and is elusive. However, the process of seeking balance ultimately achieves something close to what I imagine it to be.

Here is my personal three-point technique…

  • Choose PRIORITIES

If I want to accomplish anything, I know I need to be clear about my priorities; otherwise, I either have no direction (which is hard on me) or I fill up my life with things that do not reflect my true priorities. Whittling down the list of priorities helps me to really know myself and my purpose. I do this by listing my highest goals and aspirations. Then, I keep asking myself, “how?” until the steps are all laid out for me.

A basic example: I want to own a thriving voiceover business. How?

I make certain my products and services are useful and excellent. How?

I consult with appropriate coaches and I find appropriate clients. How?

I research coaches and contact them and I research my target market. How?

…you get the idea. I find common denominators which help me not only prioritize, but then to create goals, actions, and specific steps.

  • Apply MONO-FOCUS

To achieve the goals that I have deemed a priority, I have to find time to focus on them. Within that time, distraction is the enemy. I can confidently say that we have more distractions than ever. The key to success that I read time and time again: be without distractions in order to do the “deep work”, that work that requires focus, thought, creativity and cannot be done while multi-tasking. Voice-over Virtual Assistant, Karen Souer, has also blogged on this idea.

  • Understand CONDITIONS OF ENOUGHNESS

I wish I had come up with that phrase, but I accredit it to Jennifer Louden. Conditions of enoughness help me know when I can walk away, at least for the day. If I focused only on my business priorities, I could keep working 24/7. Conditions of enoughness help me decide how many hours a day, how many days of the week, etc. are sufficient in order for me to find balance.

If I don’t seek balance in my day to day life, I suffer. My health suffers and my family suffers. As a voice talent, if my health is suffering, I don’t have a business. If I don’t eat or sleep or exercise, which don’t directly seem to be a part of running a business, the business itself will fall apart.

While it may appear to my family (and the PTA) that I am a stay-at-home mom and not the consummate professional business person…and it may appear to my clients that I am the consummate professional and not the stay-at-home mom with volunteer duties at school, making homemade almond milk, and cleaning the litter box daily… I AM doing it all… always out of balance, but always mindful of the search.



6 responses to “Remarkable Focus – One of Three Direct Steps to Mompreneur’s Balance”

  1. Linda Daley says:

    LOVE this one! That ‘conditions of enoughness’ has me thinking.

  2. Lisette van Raadshooven says:

    “Conditions of enoughness” is a concept that we can all think about and use in so many aspects of our lives. I love this article! Although I am not a business owner, I always find your blogs so relateable in my own life, work and personal. Thank you for your many useful and thought provoking strategies, this being one of my top favourites. Congratulations! Knowing is the biggest step towards doing.

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