During my yoga class last night my mind was whirling about the delicate nature of striving for work life balance as an entrepreneur. One particularly difficult yoga pose requires the discipline of standing on one leg, bending the other to the thigh (check out the picture) tightening the stomach muscles, keeping the integrity of a straight and strong spine and deepening ones practice with a calm focus and the breath. The posture is never perfect, but your skills are enhanced over time.
It’s that kind of focus and deepening of discipline that is required for us to stay on track as we strive for more balance on the edge of the work life merge. In an effort to weed through our work life flexibility needs on a daily basis, we might create a “to do” list, keep post-its handy for last minute items, or articulate our needs and schedules to our family and those in the workplace.
But it’s often not enough to just make an attempt toward better work life integration. Seems that follow- through and checking in with ones work life alignment is an “always-on task.” In the case of an entrepreneur, making a commitment to be mindful of how ones daily goals might collide with the desire for a more peaceful work life experience. And if so, what’s the plan to handle it?
In the ancient text of the I-Ching there is a passage that reads (translation from Carol Anthony’s A Guide to the I-Ching):
“Through relating correctly we have achieved peace; maintaining peace, however, requires that we remain firm in inner discipline”
It’s the same with our commitment to a better work life journey. We have to keep track of what works and what doesn’t. And when we find a path or a protocol that seems to be enhancing the work life merge in a more positive way, we’ve got to muscle up and tap our depth of discipline to stay on track and elevate the process.
How so you check in on your work life merge? Any tips for keeping track of how it’s impacting your business as an entrepreneur? I’d love to hear from you.