It’s a very old concept; balance in life, butterflies in the amazon and all that, but it’s such a vast and important topic, that touches every part of your life.

My thought today is about achieving an end. The end being a manageable and effective schedule for running my businesses. The end product is a simple schedule, (emphasis on the word “simple”), that identifies all of the tasks that need to be completed each week/month/day to ensure that my businesses keep moving the way they should. (Forward).

First step: Clean the kids room, and re-arrange the furniture…

Ah ha! “Procrastination!” I hear you exclaim…. perhaps… but give me a chance to explain. Having said that, writing this blog post is almost definitely procrastination, but it’s kind of fun, so I will continue…

So, we need a simple system to run a profitable, sustainable growing business. The system is basically just a list of tasks. The tasks need to be completed on time, and well. This requires regular intervals of quiet, focused concentration. And this is the key.

How do you create an environment where your state of mind is quiet, focused, and productive?

The answer to this is sure to be different for everyone, but here is a few of the environmental factors that I need to control before I reach the required mind state.

Office clutter: If I try to work in a cluttered office, I am constantly nagging myself about cleaning up, which distracts. Keeping all files, notes, books either off the desk or in a regular neat and tidy location helps keep my mind quiet.

Physical comfort: Exercise is key, as is diet. You can Google “healthy diet and wellbeing” for more than enough info on these topics. The important thing is that you at least do the basics. Fruit, water and no cheap red wine.

Coffee: Must have good coffee, must have good coffee, must have good coffee, must have good coffee. Get the message? Go and buy a decent machine or at least a stove top espresso thingy. Don’t muck about, it will be the best investment you ever make.

Wife: There is nothing more distracting than being hit in the back of the head by a frying pan, so keeping my wife happy is pretty high on the list of priorities. This can be done by identifying the things that stress her out and eliminating them. For example, she freaks out if the kitchen is a mess on a morning when the Nanny is coming to look after the kids. Solution: Clean the kitchen on the evenings before the Nanny comes.

Kids: The kids are really in a league of their own when it comes to distracting one from any given task, and there is no way to avoid it (nor should there be), but there are ways to minimise the negative distractions. Here are a few ideas.

  • Keep their clothes cupboard nice and tidy so you can get them dressed with minimal fuss in the mornings.
  • Keep all their nappies and wipes well organised.
  • Keep tissues on hand at all times.
  • Set up a nice cumfy chair where you can sit while you comfort a crying new born or toddler for an hour or two if need be, so worst case scenario, you are up all night, at least you are comfortable, and getting rest, if not sleep.

So that’s the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a start, towards creating the right environment to be as productive as possible.