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I have news for you: You don’t have a “personal life” and a “business life.” You simply have “a life.”

Your professional/business activities support you and your family and your obligations, and provide enrichment and opportunity. Your non-professional/business activities enable you to grow, learn, contribute, and gain happiness and prosperity (which is not synonymous with money).

If you insist on trying to compartmentalize these two aspects of your life, you’ll find yourself poorer in spirit and prosperity, and often “overwhelmed” by trying to complete tasks in arbitrary time frames. You’ll also feel “guilty” when on compartment seems to violate the other.

I have no trouble hitting the pool at 1 pm on a Wednesday, or writing a column or book chapter on a weekend. I reply to email while on vacation and will answer important client calls on the beach. And if I get a good idea for an offering to clients on a Thursday after dinner, I’ll put some time in on it.

I have a great deal of discretionary time, and discretionary time is real wealth. That’s because I didn’t rigidly “assign” time to compartments or issues I don’t choose to work on at a given juncture.

Time is NOT a resource. It’s a priority. WE decide where to allocate time as solo practitioners, which is why we’ve chosen this profession. Your priorities are part of your “one life.”

I can always make another dollar, but I can’t make another minute.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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