These days, life can be very busy and demanding, and it’s very easy to feel that life is spiralling out of control. But you do have a choice. You can bring back balance into your life if you make it a priority. It’s so easy to spend all day chasing objectives, only to feel that you’ve accomplished nothing at the end of the day. Most of us have experienced this. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Rebalancing your life is possible. A busy life can be meaningful, interesting and invigorating. Here’s how to do it.
1. Get started early.
Spend the first hour of your day doing something that you are passionate about and that will give you immediate satisfaction. This could be learning, studying, building an online business or doing your favourite form of exercise. It needs to be something that will get you out of bed with a sense of excitement!
Time is such a valuable resource. It’s possible to increase your wealth or to receive more love, but we’re all limited to 24 hours. Get started on your day with a purpose and the rest will fall into place.
It’s very easy in today’s world to buy more things than you need and take on more responsibilities than you can manage. Every extra item and responsibility in your life can create an imbalance. Take some time to eliminate the things that don’t serve you and you will notice more harmony and happiness coming into your life. This might mean saying No to a few people, but it will be worth it in the end.
3. Create a schedule that includes downtime.
Downtime isn’t for the faint-hearted! It’s also not just the time that’s left over after your responsibilities are completed. Downtime is something you do on purpose. Plan for it and make time for it. Knowing you have a break scheduled in the near future will motivate you to spend your time more effectively. It’s also necessary to maximise your creativity. Have you ever noticed how solutions appear when your mind is relaxed. That’s your intuition getting a chance to “speak”
4. Give your health a priority.
When life gets hectic, our first response is often to sacrifice ourselves for everyone and everything else. We eat convenience food and cut back on exercise. This is a mistake. I know. I used to do this myself! Without good health, life becomes very unbalanced. If you don’t give your health the priority it deserves, your resulting bad health will eventually get your full attention. Most people take their health for granted, until a problem arises. So take time to look after yourself. It’s good for you!
5. Learn to be more Patient.
Your life might be more balanced than you realise, but it’s hard to see it if you’re impatient. A lack of patience makes every situation more challenging as your emotions and cloudy thinking get in the way. A little patience can make many challenging situations manageable and you’ll be happier too. Impatience is one way you agitate yourself. You also make yourself less capable in the moment.
6. Spend time on the activities that mean the most to you.
Your family is likely to be a priority, but what else do you find meaningful? Hiking? Playing the violin? Reading? Working isn’t the only priority in life. I know so many people that don’t have time for their hobbies and that seems to affect their enjoyment of life. I really believe that the more time you’re able to spend on enjoyable activities, the more you’ll enjoy your life.
7. Make yourself your biggest priority.
When you take good care of yourself, you can take better care of others. When you’re at your best, your performance at work is at its highest. It might seem selfish to prioritise your own needs and happiness, but everyone in your life will benefit from this mindset.
8. Get enough sleep.
Do you sleep less than seven hours each night? Even if you’re highly successful, you could be doing even better. Studies have shown that performance increases for many tasks, both physical and mental, when subjects receive at least seven hours of sleep. I personally find it much harder to be positive, productive and creative when I’m tired, so I make it a priority to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Do this and I reckon you’ll get more done and become happier in the process.
9. Spend time on your relationships.
This includes, but isn’t limited to, your romantic relationships. Keep up with your friends and extended family too. It takes time, but you’re possibly wasting time on something less meaningful, so challenge yourself to spend more time with the people that you love and enjoy being with.
The Key Takeaway
Define what having a “balanced life” means to you. Balancing your life will be impossible until you clarify what balance means to you. How much time would you spend at work? How much time would you spend at home? How many leisure hours do you need each week? How would you spend those hours? Create a well-balanced life by choosing your priorities wisely.
To your success