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Truly successful people don’t spend 100 percent of their time working on earning money.

Back in 1908 Napoleon Hill was charged by Andrew Carnegie, the steel baron and philanthropist, to interview the 500 most successful people of his day and develop a philosophy that anyone could learn from to become successful.

In 1927 he wrote the book “The Law of Success.”

This book is still used today by successful people to learn and relearn the habits that form the basis for success.

Since that time there have been many other very successful people, but in my interviews with some of these people I have discovered they all have read and adhere to the philosophies in that wonderful book.

His point I want to focus on today is work, life and family balance. The true art of maintaining balance is proper planning and self-discipline.

Most of the population goes through life in a blur, waking up late, grabbing a coffee or energy drink as they head to work, and then getting inundated by fires the minute they arrive at the office.

After spending most of the day putting out the fires, the daily tasks that need to be done to maintain the “slight edge” to keep the business moving forward often get put on the back burner while putting out the fires, forcing the tasks to slip into another day.

Stress builds as the end of the workday nears, knowing that everything that needed to be done to stay on track to reach important goals is not going to get done because they have to get out of the door on time to make it back home to spend time with their families.

Even weekends can be consumed by tasks for work so they feel less stressed about keeping their bosses happy and food on the table. This is essentially cutting into their life and family time.

The simplest way to resolve this is to do your planning the day before or at least early morning before you do anything else.

I break my tasks down into four categories.

1) Important and urgent.

2) Important and not urgent.

3) Unimportant and urgent.

4) Unimportant and not urgent.

I focus on the first two categories when planning, and then fill in blank times with the last two categories.

You must also keep in mind, there are some things that one day are unimportant and another day move to important.

Be sure to put specific tasks that are important to your life and family FIRST!

Then fit other important business activities in other times throughout the day that do not conflict with important and urgent tasks. This creates an intentional work/life/family balance that can work for anyone.

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Randy Martinsen is the president/CEO of BudgetWorks Inc., a marketing and business consulting firm, and brand partner for Nerium International. He can be reached at 707-206-6443 or randym@budgetworks.net.

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