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How can you manage your time, live a stress-free life and have balance? Two things stand out for me. Be guided by your values and have a purpose then stay on course. You can stay on course with your personal GPS.

The comparison to using a GPS is an easy one. We have them in our car and on our phone. We use them to order a car on Uber or we use them to find a restaurant nearby. We have become more productive and less stressed because we have used this very simple tool to help us navigate.

What is so remarkable about this instrument? First, it lets you know where you are now. Then you can decide where you want to go. The GPS then gives you step by step directions

How similar is this to you and your personal GPS; for your career, your business, and your personal life? Are you using a GPS for these critical areas of your life? You use your personal GPS by setting your goals and then move toward goal achievement. The best way to accomplish this is to set goals that are harmonious with you, to write them down and then navigate obstacles. You need to continually evaluate and adjust course. That is a great start. Now here are some additional steps to develop your personal GPS.

First, take stock of where you are. Do an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses, both personal and professional. In your personal life take stock of areas such as:

•          Your social life and social development

•          Your physical well being

•          Your financial and career management

•          Your family life

•          Your ethics and beliefs

In your professional life do a check off in these areas:

•          Your productivity skills

•          Your sales or influencing skills

•          Your people skills

•          Your time management skills

Now you know where you are—your starting point. Where do you now want to go? We refer to this as the goal achievement process. Just like the GPS is a self-correcting instrument in motion so too is your goal achievement a continuing self-correcting process. To get to your destination, or in this case your goal, you must continually measure your progress against where you started.


You will have more success if you break down your goals into daily and weekly goals. In this way, you have short term progress measurement points. Use your Smartphone as your personal organizer and check off goals as they are accomplished. As you progress with your goal achievement your horizons will expand and your self-confidence will increase. You will establish a new habit of mapping your goals, checking your progress, and celebrating success. This will become a habit you can’t live without. Enjoy the journey.  For a similar post on our web site see HOW TO FIND YOUR WORK LIFE BALANCE.

And don't forget this month's contest TIME MANAGEMENT IS NOT A TIME MANAGEMENT ISSUE.


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Luke - that is correct.  Maintain that vision.

Corey - you need to know where you are starting.

Jeff - thank you for that.

George - it is a little harder when the GPS includes us.

Lou - balance and quality of life brings progress.

Elizabeth - what you described is your balance.  It is all good.

Joan - yes, but then it is good to take some time in between.

Sam - so many do that and healthy eating is part of it.

Laura - I know.  I think that it can been divided into smaller peices.

Kat - yes, plug in and stay on course.

Oct 10, 2017 05:54 AM #28
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the inspirational post. I have a nice work-life balance but need to eat healthy.

Oct 10, 2017 03:43 PM #29
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

What a great analogy. Certainly makes one stop and think about all aspects of their life and not just in business. Great post. 

Oct 10, 2017 06:22 PM #30
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Nice post and entry to the challenge..personal GPS--that's a handy reference phrase!  The older I get, the more I do value personal time and the balance of work life play

Oct 10, 2017 08:19 PM #31
John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Grant for giving us a new perspective on balancing our lives.

I like the GPS analogy because it really has more than one function.

Oct 11, 2017 05:57 AM #32
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Gita - thanks, I appreciate your reading of this.

Sam - if you achieve one and sacrefice the other what have you gained.

Mary - yes, I think that is true of us when we get older.

Oct 11, 2017 06:48 AM #33
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

John - very happy to do it.  Have a great day.

Oct 11, 2017 06:49 AM #34
Graig Griffin, SIOR
Pathfinder Institute - Salt Lake City, UT
Peer-Driven Master-Level Coaching and Mentoring

Hi Grant, knowing where we are actually starting from is usually challenging.  In our coaching platform, we train on mastery of specific craft (competitive focus), and we rarely meet anyone who has a good handle on the actual competitive landscape, knows the other players well, and understands where they are in relation to the field.  As you no doubt see in your practice, it can create frustration and disillusionment.  Beginning with a (brutal) self assessment and situational analysis is key to going anywhere cool!  Cheers and thanks!

Oct 11, 2017 01:51 PM #35
Jerry Murphy, CRS
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

Great points Grant.  I view goals as a destination on a map.  One would not venture on a trip (ie. life) without knowing where they are headed.  So why would anyone live life without goals?  Best wishes to you.

Oct 11, 2017 03:56 PM #36
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wonderful post, Grant and the comparison to our GPS is a good analogy. Just as we wouldn't think of not checking our GPS from time to time as we travel to our destination why wouldn't we check our own personal GPS as we travel through life?  

Oct 11, 2017 05:43 PM #37
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Graig - yes, you said it all.  Helping people self assess is a necessary starting point.

Jerry - that's right and just as important is understanding the detours during the journey.

Kathy - that is right.  Things do not always go as planned.

Oct 12, 2017 09:09 AM #38
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Excellent feature, Grant, and the GPS analogy is right on point. I take inventory at this time every year, and it informs my direction in the new year to come.

Oct 12, 2017 10:29 AM #39
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Elva - yes that is right.  This is the time to be recalibrating our GPS.

Oct 12, 2017 10:41 AM #40
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Very glad to have caught this, Grant. Worthy feature. I like calling it our GPS. I'm going to remember it. D 

Oct 12, 2017 02:24 PM #41
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Without balance we lose the joy for living. I want to find more balance and spend more time on personal pursuits and travel. It is up to me to make that happen.

Oct 12, 2017 06:28 PM #42
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is excellent advice to share. I will schedule a December reblog.

Oct 13, 2017 05:56 AM #43
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Debe - yes, I think it is a great way to remember it.

Debbie - what good does success in one area do if it sacrifices another.

Roy - thank you for sharing it.


Oct 13, 2017 06:04 AM #44
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Hi Grant... loved the GPS analogy. (Secretly, I believe a bit of stress in one's life is a good thing.)

Oct 14, 2017 06:41 AM #45
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

This is a great analogy. Your blog makes me want to step back and see how we're working and how we can get where we want to go.

Oct 14, 2017 07:17 AM #46
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Nina - to a certain extent there is healthy stress.

Wayne and Jean - and now is a good time to do that.

Oct 16, 2017 11:53 AM #47
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