I want to begin by clarifying that balancing your life is not something that you’re just one and done with. Frankly, balancing your life is something you must participate in on a daily and weekly basis and is not the easiest thing to achieve.
What Does Balance Mean To You?
Does balancing your life mean having an equal ratio of busy and relaxing days? Does it involve daily self-care to make up for a hard day? Does balancing mean weekends are scheduled for maximum relaxation and quality time with your partner, family, friends or yourself?
Strive For Balance
1. Set More Boundaries
The first step is evaluating your tasks with the goal of seeing what needs to be done immediately and what can be done later. Set strict boundaries with yourself such as making sure you don’t work so much, spend too much time watching TV, or agree to take more work than you want. Sometimes it’s important to actually push yourself out of the door when you are considering staying late to work. Maybe it is making an effort to stop yourself if you engage in an activity or behavior that doesn’t benefit you. Time is everything, but you can only do what your life and energy will allow.
A boundary is putting a limit on yourself or someone else, saying no and possessing the discipline to participate in things that will ultimately benefit you. Can you think of any areas of your life that could use a boundary or two?
2. Take The Time To Enjoy Yourself
Letting yourself have fun with certainly result in greater productivity in other areas of your life. Fun should be on the top of your priorities, not the bottom. If you are not enjoying your current life situation, then what are you really doing here?
What can you change that allows your smile, laugh and love the life that you have?
Three ways to have more fun:
- Decide on a community event to attend such as a fair, a museum trip, a play or a concert with your favorite artist.
- Pick up a hobby and spend at least an hour a week on it. You’ll be surprised how therapeutic that short break can be.
- Find something that makes you laugh. Go to a local standup venue, be around someone you love to laugh with, or simply watch your favorite comedian online. There’s no greater medicine than laughter!
3. Determine Where Your Life Needs Balancing
Evaluate your life situation and determine what area needs balancing and then put your attention on addressing those areas.
Could use some exercise? Need a break? Haven’t spent time with close friends? You’ll need to begin delegate your time to be able to compensate for the areas that are lacking your attention.
Everyone’s life could use some balancing; take the time to determine where you could be giving more attention on a daily and weekly basis. Create boundaries for yourself, have fun, and create your ideal life schedule. Getting your life balanced will allow you to enjoy life to its fullest potential, feel greater peace and even contribute to greater productivity in other areas of your life.
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