Last week in Live to Work I said I needed change. That I should regain balance in my life.
Over the past few days I’ve given this much thought. Here are some things I’m doing to get my life balance right.
When things get busy and it seems like there’s no time left for the good things listen to your body. It usually gives you some clear signals. You may feel stressed or a little overwhelmed. Or maybe you’re simply down in the dumps. I was weary. I’d taken on too much and left little time for myself and those I love.
Recognising how I was feeling was first step to putting things back in balance.
The next step was to identify the things I could cut out and the things I should do. The following 5 steps helped me achieve the right life balance.
#1 Set Priorities
I decided what was most important, what had to be done first, and what could wait.
And I realised that most things could wait. And that someone else could some of them for me. As soon as I grasped this I started feeling better. By prioritising—creating space—I was energised and could look forward to making plans to achieve my goal: getting the right life balance.
#2 Set Realistic Goals
Here are some of the goals I’ve set
- Other than the things I enjoy, I will employ someone to do home improvements
- Visit friends and family once a month
- Honour some outstanding commitments and complete these within a month
- Hire interim staff by the end of next week to cover vacancies
#3 Schedule Time for Yourself
Getting the right life balance is much more than dividing my time between work (career and ambition) and life (health, leisure and family.) It’s about living in the present. It’s about making the most of our time. It’s about making the most of our relationships and how we feel about ourselves.
Life balance means prioritising between work (career and ambition) and life (health, pleasure, leisure, spirituality and family.) Employers can do more to create a happy and effective workforce and encourage flexibility at work.
The benefits of flexible working include
- greater loyalty
- falling absenteeism
- increased staff retention
- improved productivity
- highly motivated employees
- a better brand image and the opportunity to attract new talent
Every day we need time set aside for ourselves. Just half an hour each day to do something that just makes us feel good.
I’m still working on this. Maybe I’ll pick up my watercolour paints and sketch book or cook something special once a week. Perhaps I’ll walk my our 6-year oldmore often.
#4 Schedule Time for Our Relationships
Earlier I said we should live in the present. My meaning in saying this is two-fold. We should make the most of each day and we should be focused, in balance and aware. For me this means giving people our presence: giving people our full attention.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. – Thomas Fuller
Our most important relationships—spouse, children, family, friends—benefit greatly when we spend quality one-to-one time together. Yet these things often fall by the wayside when we’re busy. I’m making firm arrangements. I’ve arranged concerts, weekends away, lunches…
#5 Look After Yourself
It’s all so easy to sacrifice our health because we’re too busy. We must take care of ourselves. To perform at our best we need combine a healthy diet, regular exercise and plenty of sleep.
Well I’d love to say that I’m going off to the gym. But in truth I’m happy swimming, walking my dog and getting to bed at a reasonable hour most nights.
Have Your Say
In what way do you bring greater enjoyment into your life? What tips can you share for finding a healthy life balance? Please join the discussion.