We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Mayer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In my opinion, achieving work-life balance all the time is not an achievable goal. A teeter-totter is a way I like to describe it. Sometimes work is at the top and it takes effort to adjust that to be more level. Staying level takes effort on both sides. We can manage how much we work and enjoy life by having a goal to get as close to balance as possible while staying true to our values. The effort it takes to achieve balance depends on how wildly we let the teeter-totter get to the top and bottom. The key to achieving a balance we are comfortable with lies in self-management. We cannot manage time, everyone has the same amount of time. Balance comes from being able to focus on the goals we set for ourselves.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the owner, and creator of Sara Mayer Consulting your go-to expert on organizing your hectic days, weeks, and months into manageable, and functional chunks of work. Through my work as a champion for multiple philanthropies in Arizona and my commitment to building the capacity of the community, I have personally mastered maximizing every minute of every day to ensure I meet the expectations set before me. Upon my mastery, I began consulting and speaking locally and nationally with others in similar positions. My clients gain tools to help them close their laptops at the end of each day knowing they accomplished everything on their task list. My journey began when I was asked to create a training for lower-performing sales professionals. I began by observing the top performers. What I learned was shocking, they were the most inefficient, unfocused, and scattered employees. How were they successful? They were working double time. Every vacation, every holiday, responding to emails at midnight. they were working the equivalent of 2.5 people. Was this the message we wanted to send? In order to be successful, you had to work 60-80 hours a week? No, not the culture anyone desired. I then set out to find the employees that met the goals, in 40 hours. What I found was they were focused, efficient, and productive. They set daily, monthly and weekly goals. They had figured out how to achieve the goals and go home at the end of the day. This experience was the beginning of my work as a consultant working with businesses and individuals to boldly achieve and close their laptops at the end of the day. My journey has not been easy, I have struggled to keep my goals at the forefront. But I have given myself grace and remembered that the big things take time, focus and practice.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Phoenix is one of my friend’s favorite places to visit because the landscapes and varied activities are endless. A mix of historical and trendy places would be on the agenda for the weekend and lots of food. Some of the places/activities not to miss Steak 44 for the happy hour and donut tree We would get a fancy drink at Little Rituals Historical tour at The Biltmore Pool time at The Phoenician A hike at a local trail (or two) The Musical Instrument Museum And finishing it off with some home town food (I’m from the Chicagoland area) Lou Malnati’s!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dad was my biggest supporter and my biggest critic. He challenged me to really think about things before I said them. When I said something he would say “How do you know what you know?” and then “Why do you think what you think”. These two questions allowed me to really think about the messages I was listening to and putting out in the world. Annoying at times when I just wanted to vent, but the lesson has been timeless.
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