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Life Balance: How to Remain Productive

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Life Balance: How to Remain Productive

While Waiting for the Tipping Point

by J.M. Troppello

According to, a tipping point is “The point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more significant change.”

I’ve been waiting for the tipping point in my writing career for a while now. I’ve seen small levels of success. Yet, the significant change hasn’t come yet. Now, I could get depressed about that or choose to balance the reality of the situation with positivity. I’ve chosen the latter.

If you want to fight any despair over not reaching the tipping point yet in your life, consider implementing the following five steps into your daily routine so that you can remain productive while you wait.

1. Create a Vision Board

While you’re waiting for that tipping point in your personal or professional life that will bring you increased results or success, consider creating a vision board. I’ve used vision boards to help me stay on track when navigating the circuitous road toward success. You can go old school and cut out magazine photos and paste them onto poster board or use technology and utilize a vision board app.

If you don’t want to take the time to create a vision board, at least consider writing down your goals in a journal, the notepad app on your phone, or in a document on your laptop or PC. Writing down your goals can help you remain clear on your vision. You need to visualize the pathway toward success.

2. Practice Mindfulness

I’ve recently started using mindfulness to help me stay focused on my goals. It’s been helping me to stay calm in the midst of stress.

“Mindfulness means being aware of how you’re deploying your attention and making decisions about it, and not letting the tweet or the buzzing of your phone call your attention.” – Howard Rheingold

Focus on being present in each moment. Use mindfulness to help you stay on track while you’re maneuvering through the necessary steps to achieve success while waiting for that tipping point.

3. Stay Busy Working

I have found that it’s easy to get discouraged when you’re working diligently yet that tipping point is still far away. Don’t allow discouragement to stagnate your progress. Keep busy working. There is always something that you can do to chip away at the obstacles in your way.

4. Find an Accountability Partner

I’ve had several different accountability partners in my life. Sometimes my accountability partner is my husband, sister, mom, or one of my close friends.

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

An accountability partner can help you stay focused on your goals and keep you from getting stagnated. However, that will only happen if you find someone that is trustworthy and an individual who will tell you the truth no matter what the issue or outcome. Be open to constructive criticism. Encouragement from this person can help you remain productive while you wait for the tipping point to come.

5. Schedule an Evaluation

All good action plans always involve an evaluation at the end.

Maybe you’re waiting for the tipping point, but it’s not coming because you need to change direction or do something different. There have been many times that I’ve needed to evaluate what I was doing and then try something different. That change became pivotal in moving me one step closer to the tipping point in my career.

Remain Productive While You Wait

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot

Create a vision board. Learn to practice mindfulness. Stay busy working. Find an accountability partner. Schedule time for an evaluation. If you implement these five steps into your daily personal and professional routine, you can remain productive while you wait for the tipping point to come.

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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