The Three Bucket Principal: A CEO’s Guide to Achieving It All – by 9-Figure Founder Suneera Madhani

As a CEO, I’ve had my fair share of challenges and triumphs, and along the way, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about balancing life and work. Spoiler alert: There is no work-life balance, only work-life integration. In this blog, I want to share my tried-and-true strategic planning that has been crucial in my journey to success.


  1. You Can Have It All, Just Not All at Once

As CEOs, we can’t juggle every aspect of our lives seamlessly all the time. The truth is, you can have it all, but you don’t have to actually do it all and definitely not all at once, either. Life is a series of seasons, and at different times, certain areas will demand more attention than others. Embrace this ebb and flow, and don’t be too hard on yourself when you can’t give 100% to every facet of your life simultaneously.


  1. Work-Life Integration vs. Balance

Forget about the elusive idea of “work-life balance.” Instead, think about work-life integration. Our personal and professional lives are interconnected, and trying to keep them in perfect balance can be exhausting. Embrace the idea that sometimes work and life will overlap, and that’s okay. What’s important is finding a way to make them complement each other rather than compete. And don’t forget to build a work-life integration that aligns with both your personal and professional goals, cue my tried and true way of planning my quarters up for success. 


  1. The Three Bucket Principal

In a world full of distractions, it’s crucial to identify and focus on your top priorities. Picture your life as a set of buckets, each representing a key aspect of your life. For instance, work, family, and self could be your primary buckets. Be specific about what you want to achieve in each one. For work, set clear and achievable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). By narrowing your focus to just three buckets, you create clarity and a roadmap for success.


  1. Say No to Everything Else

Once you’ve identified your three buckets and set specific goals for each, it’s time to learn the art of saying “no.” It can be tough, especially when opportunities come knocking, but if they don’t align with your chosen priorities, it’s okay to turn your back on them. Saying no to distractions allows you to stay on course and make meaningful progress in your chosen areas.

This planning strategy played a huge role in my entrepreneurial journey. Once I nailed how to successfully plan my quarters by turning my dreams into tangible and actionable goals, I never looked back. 

If you’re a business owner interested in learning my strategic planning ways, make sure to sign up to my Quarterly Planning Session happening on October 4th, at 12pm ET. 

You can register for FREE at this link. 



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