Balance? Yes, balance. it is possible.
“Someone should tell us, right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! Whatever you want to do, do it now!” Michael Landon – Actor (1936 – 1991)
Everyone has 168 hours a week to work, sleep, spend time with loved ones, and pursue personal interests.
However, a common complaint is there is just not enough time! How can you ensure you don’t get to the end of your life with regrets about how you spent your time? The process starts with identifying your values and the key domains of your life. Then assess the current status in each domain and create a plan to improve the areas that aren’t where you want them to be. Finally, commit to making small incremental changes daily to move toward living a more balanced life.
Start by identifying your values.
What is most important to you? If you google “list of values” you will receive over 800 million results.
So there are lots of resources available to help you identify your values.
Many people identify freedom, happiness, friendship, love, integrity, and spirituality as their top values. What is most important to you? How often do you experience those values each day? How can you create opportunities to move towards the values you want on a daily basis?
Identify and assess the current status of your life domains.
The next step is to identify the key life domains. They might include physical, spiritual, family, community, financial, emotional, and professional.
Consider this, rate your current level of satisfaction is each domain. For example, you might determine that your professional domain is not where you want it to be because you are working too many hours. Think about the steps you can take to bring that area back into balance. You may need to learn to delegate more effectively or be more selective in what you agree to do.
Create a plan for restoring balance.
Start restoring balance by making a few changes at a time. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to try and take on too much at once. Start with the easiest changes first so you can create some momentum. For example, if you want to get back into shape, start by walking just 15 minutes a day or commit to use the stairs instead of the elevator at work. The key is to consistently make small improvements daily.
In reality, all of us have the same amount of time.
The question is whether or not you are consciously investing your precious time in what is most important to you.
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