We hear people talk about wanting more balance in their life but what does that actually mean? We all have many roles in our life and the responsibility that goes with those roles. How we juggle or balance those roles and responsibilities is determined by several factors. The environment in which we live, how our parents balanced their life, our current priorities, our attitude, what we perceive others expect of us, our emotions at the time and what we enjoy doing, as well as many others.
When we put all our efforts and energy into only a few areas of our life, or ‘all of our eggs into one basket’ we often feel guilty about the areas we are neglecting. This can weigh heavily on us and result in stress and tension in our relationships.
A key factor to bringing our life back into balance is to firstly become aware of which areas of your life you are neglecting.
This may take some personal reflecting or you may wish to ask someone close to you for their honest feedback. When you have identified the area, ask yourself ‘what would this area of my life look like if it were in balance and what action do I need to take to make that happen?’ You may wish to write yourself a goal for this area, steps to achieve this, and give yourself a
timeframe to accomplish it by. It may help to share this with someone else so they can help you be accountable for
Be proactive and plan your week to include time spent in each area of your life. Time with your family, your friends and yourself is just as important as time at work. We get out of each area of our life what we put in. How are you going to invest your time?