A couple of weeks back, I ran into Mike Wagner of the White Rabbit Group / Own Your Brand Blog and had a quick conversation. Mike is one of those listeners who make you jealous. He can get deep into the core of your conversation quickly and relate just about anything your conversation contains to a book he's read.
We started chatting about value based pricing for services and working with small businesses and Mike recommended "Let's Get Real or Let's Not Play: The Demise of Dysfunctional Selling and the Advent of Helping Clients Succeed" I went home and purchased the book on iTunes immediately.
The bigger point here is the Mike reminded me that I'd essentially stopped reading books. Over the last 3 months, we've been extremely focused and busy at createWOWmedia thank the maker. My fitness goals took a more prominent role in life recently too. So my own personal and professional "enrichment" has suffered.
Balancing all the elements of a successful life takes discipline and I'm convinced...early rising. Every day I get up at 5AM or earlier I get exponentially more done. Maybe it just feels that way because by 10AM your hyper-productivity even surprises you! It's hard not to sacrifice something that's good for you when you get busy and immersed in life's work.
Take the time. Find a way to carve out segments of the week for activities are essential to your overall well being and success. Exercise. Read. Sleep. Relate. Embrace. Play.