- Worked the Sat before.....and after! The Sat before there was another event with the same networking group. Normally I don't do events on Sat am because I like them to be family time. However, since I was getting the family time the following Fri, I made the exception. This also gave me face time with some of the same people I was going to miss on Fri.
- I posted in the FB group for the networking event before AND after the event. This ensured that people saw my face and thought of me, even though I wasn't there. Additionally, my post reinforced my brand message. I teach people to balance happy lives with happy businesses. To reinforce this message, I shared in the group the reason I wouldn't be there so I could be an example of what I teach.
- I scheduled 1:1 meetings with people from the group during the week.
- I attended networking events with two separate groups the day before.
- I worked early Fri morning and Fri late afternoon/early evening to ensure the admin things I had to do got accomplished.
So often we all strive for balance and when we don't get it, we feel defeated. Balance on a daily basis is an illusion. The key is to try and find balance within a week or month. As you can see from my example above, not every day can be perfectly balanced. We can, though, take time at the start of a week or a month to remember what's most important to us, both at work and home, and build time for each into our plans.