Is there such a thing as finding balance in your life? Some say you can, while others say it is a myth.
Me personally, I think that balance isn’t a set of scales perfectly horizontal with equal objects on each side. I see it more like a see-saw alternating left to right repeatedly, meaning that your focus will move from work to family and back again depending on your projects.
The danger of not having balance is being successful and miserable at the same time.
You can attain a high level of success and enjoy all the aspects of your life that mean the most to you.
Find balance with these strategies:
- Cut back on the non-essentials. If you’re struggling to find balance in your life, a lack of time is the most common issue. Take a look at how you spend your time each week. What are the activities you can do without? What activities are more of a priority?
- Avoid wasting time. Now, consider all the ways you genuinely waste time. This might include watching TV reruns, surfing the internet, or window shopping. The more time you can find in your life to apply to the things that matter, the more balanced you can make your life.
- Set your priorities. Know what balance means to you. What are the most important things in your life? If you know your priorities, you can put your time to the best possible use. In the example above, if TV reruns are your way of relaxing then put them as one of your priorities.
- Focus on your health. Giving your health a high level of priority can help to balance everything else. If you place your health as a priority, you’ll find the time and energy to eat properly and to exercise. You’ll get enough sleep. Placing importance on your health can help prevent the rest of your life from getting out of control.
- Plan your time. Have a plan for your week and each day. Know how you’re going to spend your day before the day arrives. That way, you can make the most of your time. The more you can accomplish with your time, the more your life can be in balance. I know when my plan for the next day is changed last minute, I have a very unproductive day.
- Focus on the most important tasks. There are a lot of things you could work on each day, but there are only a few that will make a big difference. These tasks usually aren’t the most fun, but they’ll save you the most time. You can’t major in the minor things if you want to be successful and have a balanced life.
- Review consistently. Life is dynamic, so even if you’re able to create a balanced life, it won’t stay that way forever. Keep your finger on the pulse of your life. Look for ways to improve. Notice when things are starting to get out of control again.
- Have reasonable expectations. There’s only so much you can do. If you’re trying to create a multi-billion-dollar company and train for marathons, you’re not going to have much family time. On the other hand, if you want to spend every minute with your children and spouse, other areas of your life may suffer.
A balanced life is sometimes hard to master. When you’re a young adult with a family, it’s hard to find time for everything. When you’re older and your children have moved out, it can be a challenge to find meaning in your life. Life is always a challenge to balance properly.
First, you must decide for yourself what it means to have a balanced life and what works for you.