It’s back to school time. This time of year is always exciting… and a little daunting. The lazy days of summer are over, and it’s time to refocus.
One thing that hasn’t been on my plate all summer long – but I need to start thinking about again – is packing lunch boxes. This means organizing and planning so I can provide fun, well-balanced meals that my kiddo will want to eat.
With that in mind, I feel like it’s a good time to talk about what should be in our lunch boxes as business owners. After all, what business owner doesn’t feel like their business is their baby?
I believe the steps I take to pack a great lunch box for my kids are the same things we need in order to keep our business healthy. They are planning and organization, creativity and balance.
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin
Lack of organization and planning can lead to an incomplete and unappealing lunch box. You have to plan ahead, and in order to plan ahead, you must organize. By organizing and planning, we can avoid having to grab something on the fly that might not be the best option.
In business, planning is a three-step process.
First, you research. Then you set goals. Finally, you establish steps for achieving those goals.
Organizing allows us to arrange our tasks and resources so that we can effectively implement our plan and achieve our goals.
The ability to organize is crucial to planning. Each step of the planning process is made easier through organizing. For example, when we organize our goals by order of importance and classify them as long or short term, planning becomes simpler.
Now that we have our plan, it’s time to get creative so that reaching our goals is actually enjoyable.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
Creativity is extremely important in packing our lunch box. We need to be sure we are engaged and happy in what we are doing because that is the key to success.
Through creativity, we can make sure that we don’t forget to include variety and fun to keep us interested and engaged, which, in turn, translates into greater productivity and success.
Why does variety matter?
Variety keeps us engaged and offsets the potential for boredom and burnout. When we are forced to do the same thing over and over, over a long period of time, we can even get bored with the things we like. This causes us to lose focus and become less productive.
Switching up activities actually reengages us, and therefore, makes us feel happier and more productive.
"Always remember that you are more likely to succeed if you have a bit of fun at work every day. " – Giam Swiegers
Don’t forget to have fun! Fun is often overlooked when packing our lunch, but it's also an important part of our work. Let’s be honest, fun is what makes our kids want to eat their lunch and what makes us want to do, well… just about anything.
So what are the benefits of fun in the workplace?
Dr. Norman Cousins said, “Laughter is an igniter of great expectations.” Did you know that children laugh an average of 400 times a day, compared to the average 35-year-old who laughs only 15 times in the same day?
Maybe that’s why kids have so much energy.
Laughter releases endorphins into the body, increasing oxygen intake, replenishing and invigorating cells, and relieving stress, which, in turn, increases productivity. Humor also helps to create an atmosphere that encourages honest dialogue and open communication, the cornerstones of any successful business.
Of course, now we need to find that balance between being organized and being creative.
“You must learn balance… Balance is key.” – Mr. Miyagi
Balance between planning and creativity at work, and balance between work and home, can seem impossible. While this may appear to be the most daunting of tasks, it is also the most important and cannot be skipped.
When I pack my kiddo’s lunch, why do I ensure it is balanced?
Simple… because each part is as important as the other. All the components work together to complement one another, keeping her strong and energized throughout her day.
It is the same in the workplace and in life. In order for our business to succeed, it needs us at our best.
Can we be at our best when our home life is neglected?
If you’re anything like me, all of those little things you neglected will always be gnawing at you while you are at work… and the same goes for at home.
Can you be truly happy at home if there are things left undone at work constantly nudging at you?
I know I can’t.
So, if you neglect one for the other, both will suffer. But how do you find that balance?
Balance is an elusive creature, and finding it is different for everyone. But it can be done. Check out this great article for some tips to help you on your way.
Planning, organizing, creativity, and balance… these are what we need to pack a great lunch. So now that your lunch box is packed, go out there and be Significantly Successful!