Last night I participated in a webinar hosted by Andy Traub where the discussion centered around how every woman can find margin.
Brilliant. A balanced life has margin.
Many people in the discussion, asked, “what is margin?” They needed this defined.
I believe margin is the area in your life where you can rest. You can think. It’s the time you can choose what you do. It’s extra time.
But don’t confuse extra time with time you don’t need. Think of it as extraordinary time. Time that is so important it can’t be left out. It’s essential time for your well being.
So, how do we create margin? Traub interviewed Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com and she said several key things that were spot on:
- “Say no to unnecessary things
- Focus on essentials
- Cut down to the basics
- Get on a basic routine.”
These seem quite simple, but we know all too well how hard these things are to do. If they were easy, we’d all to them and not need to attend a webinar to remind us. The important part of all of this is to know you are allowed to need margin in your life. You are allowed to ask for help. You are allowed to say out loud that you’ve had enough and just need a break.
You are allowed.
Paine also had another great bullet point — “look for opportunities for breathing room.”
Ahh, breathing room. AKA — margin.