17 May How to maintain your balance Part 1
In a world where the professional and personal demands of our lives often collide and compete, we long for more balance.
Work-life balance is a common plea of overworked and overwhelmed employees. It’s an expectation of people who are not willing to sacrifice fulfilling personal lives for the sake of their careers.
Perfect balance will never exist and chasing after it only contributes to the frustration and dissatisfaction we sometimes feel. Instead, it’s the small, conscious choices we can make each day that lead to less stress and more success.
Before you can begin to strive for more balance, identify and prioritize what’s most important to you, such as your career, family, home, relationships, finances, health, spirituality, personal development and fun. Are you nurturing each of these areas in a typical day, week or month? What needs more attention? What might you do differently to get better results?
Then, consider how these work/life balance strategies can help you manage your mindset, energy and time to support your balance.
Find your purpose:-
Why are you here and how do your work and life support that? What are you most passionate about? What brings you joy? When you know your life purpose, you’ll increase your confidence, feel more fulfilled, and make better decisions about where to spend your time and energy.
Define your life purpose by considering what motivates you, your values and your natural gifts. Write your life purpose statement down, post it somewhere you’ll see every day and refer to it often for guidance.
Balance – Create the Space you desire:-
Clutter distracts and confuses us. It drains our energy and keeps us from doing what matters most. While we often think of physical clutter, like a messy office and overstuffed closet, there’s also technical clutter, like your over-reliance on your cell phone and too much time on the Internet, and emotional clutter, like regrets and toxic people in your life.
Make a list of all your ongoing commitments, from your professional and personal memberships to committees on which you serve that are not directly related to your job responsibilities. Rank them on a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of importance and consider resigning from anything less than a 4. By cleaning out the clutter of unnecessary obligations as well as other forms of clutter, you’ll think clearer, have more energy and be open to helpful opportunities, people and ideas.
Have you considered saying “No” every now and then? putting your needs first in order to make yourself happy. This doesn’t mean you have to be selfish as such just honouring yourself and your self-worth. This is what I like to call “filling up your cup”, allowing this flow over effect which you are able to then give to others without taking from yourself. Everybody benefits from this and it may even be said that your are more productive and present when in this state.
Read the Part 2 in this series with a great tip to help create balance in your life. Be adding some guided meditation or yoga practices into your day to help reduce your stress and keep you centred. Click LINK for your own guided practice and start your balanced living today.