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About This Episode

Let’s be real. If you follow our podcast, you’re likely ambitious and driven to succeed. But, with that drive and ambition, it’s easy for demands at work to compete with priorities at home. At times, the pull of your professional and personal lives can make you feel like there’s no way to experience success in both areas. Work-Life Integration is a real thing. Today, we’re going to learn strategies to ensure winning at work doesn’t prevent us from winning where it matters most – with our families. 

Joining us to talk about how to win at work and home is Megan Hyatt Miller, COO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development organization. She’s also the co-host of the popular business podcast, Lead to Win. An amazing leader, wife and mother, Megan will be sharing with us how to succeed in our personal and professional lives simultaneously.

 

Your One Next Step

In each episode, we highlight one next step for you and provide an activation or delegation guide to help you immediately take action, start applying what you learn, and get your team to help you.

Your Next Step: Identify what your perfect week would look like using this episode’s activation guide – the Ideal Week Template from Michael Hyatt & Company’s Full Focus Planner. The idea is, similar to a financial budget, you’ll plan how you’ll spend your time on paper first. Sure, perfect isn’t attainable, but you’ll be much closer to what you want for your life because you have a clear end in mind.

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1. It’s impossible to achieve the “double win” of success at work and home if you don’t believe it’s possible. 

We live in a culture (or “cult” if you will) of overwork. Many of us measure our success that way and think the idea of work-life balance is a myth. Stretching yourself thin at work is glorified and, sadly, we see very few examples of people who are managing this the right way. With intentionality and planning, you can actually be successful at work and home. It’s not a myth!

2. Put hard constraints on your time.

Many of us start with “what do I need to do, and how long is it going to take?” That cycle will never end. Instead, use the approach of putting hard edges on your day, whether it’s working a strict set of hours, not checking your phone and email at home, and advising your team only to contact you at home and on weekends in case of emergency (making sure you define what “emergency” means!). This isn’t just in your best interest, but in your entire team’s best interest – because it allows you to unplug, recharge, and focus on your family, avoiding the long-term burnout so many leaders eventually face.

3. Become 50-50 partners with your spouse when it comes to parenting and family responsibilities.

Megan talks about how she and her husband have balanced responsibilities when it comes to family. That way, not everything falls to one person at home. For example, they take turns taking the kids to doctor’s appointments, and they both are involved in school and homework duties with their kids. And, just like at work, don’t be afraid to delegate things you’re not good at or find draining. Let the family take turns putting away the dishes, for instance, instead of always leaving it to one person.

What would an ideal work-life balance look like for you? What are the steps you can take to get there?
What are some aspects of your job and home life that could be delegated to someone else? What would you be able to do with that newly found time?
What are some hard constraints you can place on your time each day to allow you to become more successful at work and home?

When you think about vision, think about what you want, what’s important to you & what constraints you need to put in place to make it happen.

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If you really want to have a thriving culture and high performing team members, you have to think about their life outside of work as much as their life inside of work.

Megan Hyatt Miller

It’s impossible to win at work and succeed in life unless you first believe it’s possible.

Megan Hyatt Miller

Unplugging and putting hard edges on your workday is a game-changer to your performance.

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Achieving a successful work-life balance starts with a vision.

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(04:22) Today’s listener question: “How can I be available and engaged with my family while growing a business?”

(06:14) Megan Hyatt Miller introduces herself and talks about her background

(08:23) What is preventing leaders from winning at work and life at the same time?

(10:27) Balance vs. Integration

(16:26) Megan shares how to make a vision for your life outside of work

(17:37) How Megan transitioned into and took on the responsibility of COO at her company, while parenting five kids

(19:09) How to put constraints on your time

(20:33) Getting buy in from your family when creating a vision for your personal life

(22:29) Megan talks about the “Ideal Work Week” tool, how she uses it, and how it can benefit you

(23:53) Meeting Free Wednesdays!

(26:11) The importance of the question “Do you need me to be there?” in prioritizing your time

(27:45) How you and your spouse can be 50-50 partners with your kids

(31:56) Tricia and Lisa share their takeaways from their interview with Megan

(35:38) Today’s One Next Step: Download this week’s activation guide, the “Ideal Week” template from Michael Hyatt & Co., a tool that will help you plan your ideal work week if you were able to control it completely

Your One Next Step

In each episode, we highlight one next step for you and provide an activation or delegation guide to help you immediately take action, start applying what you learn, and get your team to help you.

Your Next Step: Identify what your perfect week would look like using this episode’s activation guide – the Ideal Week Template from Michael Hyatt & Company’s Full Focus Planner. The idea is, similar to a financial budget, you’ll plan how you’ll spend your time on paper first. Sure, perfect isn’t attainable, but you’ll be much closer to what you want for your life because you have a clear end in mind.

 

DOWNLOAD NOW

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We hope you’ll join us next week for another masterclass episode with Tricia and Lisa as they discuss some of the basics of organizational growth. In next week’s episode, they’ll be answering the question, “What processes and systems do I need to scale and grow my business?”