As we wrap up the holiday season, many of us may feel the need to hibernate and the need to disconnect. The holiday season is known for the socializing, connecting with friends and family and celebrating for much of December. When January comes around, the introvert side of us may feel that we want to isolate ourselves so that we can recharge and refocus for the New Year while the extrovert side of us is still craving further connection with people. So how do we balance the need to recharge while being energized to continue to grow our network?
It is almost important to have balance between your personal and professional life for a variety of reasons. The obvious reasons that we always hear about is for health, well-being, relationships with loved ones but the one we are focusing on here is having the mind space and emotional capacity to fully grow and nurture your network.
The balance between the personal and professional looks different for each of us. The balance needs to be in alignment to what works for you and your personality.
Here is a simplified approach to having balance:
1. Start with how do you like to spend your time each month? What are your top priorities and must do’s each month? What are your personal and business goals for the month?
2. Allocate the time for your priorities/must-dos and goals into your calendar.
3. Looking at the unallocated time. How would you like to spend the remaining time? Make a list in accordance to your goals.
4. Now allocate time in for networking, personal and anything else that you would like to do in your leisure time.
This is a simplified approach but will take some thinking time as to your goals and strategies for the month. If you are already using networking as a source for new clients, referrals, joint ventures, strategic partners, etc then the planning aspect will be something that you are doing already for yourself.
This exercise may lead to a slight feeling of overwhelm as your first thought may be that “no, I don’t have any free time.” At this point, I would suggest tracking your time for a week and see how you actually spend your time. You may realize that you have more free time than you though. For tracking, there are a few free tools on line and some apps that work but I like to be use: http://slimtimer.com/
The time to yourself will help you stay in touch with your own needs and what is best for you. This connection with yourself, helps to keep you focused on what is important to you and why you do what you do. Enjoy the time to yourself.