Unless you’re brand new to leadership or business, you already know that taking a step back to plan strategically is a game-changer for long-term sustainability and success. 

But nobody addresses your key problem – even though you know that to be true, chances are you are caught in the busy trap and if you do get time to step away from the business, it is taking you away from time with your family and friends.

How do you prioritise setting aside dedicated time for proactive planning?

The key is to focus not only on planning for the business but also on carving out space to prioritise personal goals. 

I’ve seen (and experienced) this approach, where you prioritise what’s important in your life alongside all the business objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

What goes in hand with that shift, is a reframe of the belief that ‘there isn’t enough time’. 

Hanging onto this “excuse” (harsh, but true!) will become a barrier for you, leading to a constant struggle stuck in the whirlwind of daily activities. 

A shift in perspective is crucial. 

Instead of thinking about the lack of time, consider how to make the most out of the available time in a strategic and effective manner.

One of the ways we do this is by using a framework, we call the True North wheel. 

This model integrates three core components: business growth, managing finances, and prioritising life. 

The synergy between these elements creates a well-rounded strategy that not only propels business success but also enhances the overall quality of life.

And this approach can be shared with your leaders.

When you sit alongside your leaders and share your priorities (including life priorities) there’s deeper accountability, support and empowerment within the team.

I put the challenge out to you… in the next 24 hours identify one activity that contributes to prioritising your life. 

This could range from scheduling personal appointments (the doctor visit you’ve been putting off or the overdue haircut?) to planning fun activities outside of work (breakfast with your family perhaps?). 

Want extra points because you’re a high achiever? 

Extend this challenge to your team members, encouraging them to incorporate self-care and life priorities into their schedules.

Ultimately, the aim is to create a culture that values both professional success and personal well-being. 

As a business owner or leader, acknowledging the importance of prioritising life not only fosters a healthier work environment but also attracts and retains top talent. 

The ripple effect of this approach leads to enhanced engagement, reduced burnout, and a more fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

And that is what makes achieving your goals so much more fulfilling.

Ness is a money coach, helping businesswomen like you gain clarity over your financial goals, building wealth and financial security for themselves.

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