Achieving Life Balance in 3 Steps
Most of us have things in our lives that we want to do, as well as those things we have to do. Perhaps you want to workout more, or you want to read more books this year or make more money. Like most of us, do you find yourself wishing you had more time to pursue the things you want to do as well as the things you need to do?
While balancing your time is important to achieving these goals, some other steps must precede it. As you begin to define these steps, start using a journal to keep track of what it is you discover about yourself, this will help you achieve the work and life balance that you want and will enable you to do those things you want to do and achieve at this point in your life.
1. Make a List Your Goals
All of us have goals that change regularly and that can reflect other things going on in our life at that time. First you must list out your goals and then prioritize them from the most important to least important. Include not only the goals you have to achieve, but also the personal goals you want to achieve.
2. Make a List of Your Daily Schedule
Although we want more time in our day, all of us have the same 24 hours. We use some of these for sleeping and some of these for our work and recreation.Make a list and write down your daily schedule which should include the things you must do because they are a commitment. This may include work commitments or school sport commitments with the children.
3 . Prioritize Your Personal Goals with Work Goals
Don’t minimize the time available to do the things you want to do, especially if they are contributing to your life goals or wellbeing. Include family time and other essential life activities that require your time and attention.One thing I learned from one of my coaches is to use different colors in my daily planner.This allows me to see that I have created a lifestyle of balance between work and personal.Give it a try for yourself.
Stick to the Schedule Unless there is an Emergency
Most people who create a daily schedule, keep to it for a while, but not long enough for it to become a habit. Habits take around 3 weeks to form, so if you want your new approach to work and lifestyle to be maintained, you must protect it at all costs. If you want to achieve your own personal goals, you must protect them at all costs. Eventually, the changes you implement will become second nature, but until then, you need to stay in control of your time management.