The Art of Balancing Your Work and Personal Life is a Choice!

Many coaches, including myself, use this type of ‘balance wheel’ to have our clients check in with themselves when they are feeling overwhelmed and cranky! When any of us as home stagers, stylists, decorators, etc. feel undervalued it might just be because we are trying to ‘be all things to all people’ and that will never work.

Whether you are just starting your home staging or styling business, or have been in business much longer, there are going to be times when your life will be out of balance and one aspect of your life will take over. We all know that the ‘life happens’ stuff can get us off balance but it’s when we are back to a more normal life that we can make choices about how to balance our work and personal time.

If you are just starting out then I suspect you will be spending a great deal of time in growing your business/career. During this time of excitement you might not notice that other areas of your life are being neglected. It’s great to set goals for your business and you might just need to explain to your family that there will be some changes while you set up routines for your new business. For more seasoned professional stagers and stylists, you may have slipped into some bad habits that aren’t really satisfying for you any longer. Is it time you delegated more of your work that you really don’t have to be doing? We all have the same number of hours in the day and week so why not take some time to set up a schedule with a plan that allows you to focus on what you want your day/week to look like.

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Over the years I have learned this to be true:

Change your thoughts ~ Change your actions ~ and your results Change.
Do nothing and nothing changes.

Here are a few tips that might help you change your habits that are not working for you to create a more balanced life:

  • Know that you do have enough time to get done ‘what matters most’
  • Nothing is perfect in life so strive for your ‘good enough’
  • Be patient when things don’t go your way in your business or personal life – when we sometimes try and force things to happen – they don’t!
  • You decide what balance looks like for you – set new boundaries if you need to
  • Know that at times one area of your life may require more time – do it – then but get back to your normal
  • Take lots of ‘me time’ to just be – breathe slowly and get focused on one task only
  • Remember to ‘high five’ yourself or acknowledge your achievements with ‘good job’ (first name)


Colleen McClure
Colleen McClure Administrator & Proud owner of PRES Staging® - Expert Home Stager. When I was very young I began drawing interiors, it just came naturally. When I work with a client now, I see the finished project completed in my minds-eye as they explain how they would love to see their space created. I am able to provide sketches on the spot of their vision so this invokes client confidence and excitement for the project from the inception through to the brilliant manifestation – How Fun! When the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements, other passions led me to full-time work as a career counsellor. I very much enjoyed assisting people one-on-one to discover their own talents but this was an arena where I would develop effective techniques in workshop design and group facilitation as well. This would lead to a ‘happy marriage’ as I would apply these skills and passions when I purchased PRES Staging® - The Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. It’s truly the greatest joy to inspire others to discover and hone their innate talents – To witness their emerging confidence while coaching them on design principals and providing them the tools to start and run their own Home Décor businesses for Redesign and Staging. If you’ve ever thought you might enjoy this line of work, or even to do it for yourself and friends, get in touch – Let’s chat!