Finding balance in life can be difficult. That sweet spot is small but it is amazing how much more productive and fun life is when we are in balance.
I have four big tips for keeping your schedule balanced so you don’t have to run around all the time like a chicken with your head chopped off. Though not a pleasant visual it is effective right?
- Plan ahead. I have spoken about this a lot with simple things such as setting your clothes out the night before or planning your week ahead on Sunday, but even bigger than that I am talking YEARS. Get a 5-year plan in place and every three months sit down and see how on a target you are to reach each goal and plan on time and arriving at each mile stone calm, cool and collected.
- Get some input on your schedule. Sit down with someone you know, love and trust and via verse and share your plans. Have them look at your weeks and where all your precious time is going. Allow yourself to be open to suggestions or changes. We are VERY emotionally tied to our schedule so having an outsider look at it and help us problem solve is a GREAT thing.
- Schedule Flow-Its hard going from a hard planning meeting to changing gears and having a meeting that is for something fun. Put all the hard stuff in one day or a few days. Make Wednesday a long day, but Thursday a lighter day. It’s easier to focus when we are using the same kind of energy and not having to emotionally change gears throughout the day. Plan ahead for your busy days but getting in some extra self-care in the beginning or end of your day. Plan healthy food to get you through and may take a few minutes longer on your breaks then you normally (or take breaks if you don’t normally) to just rejuvenate.
- Figure out your priority list and NEVER steal from an above priority. This needs a chart to explain. So I’ll use the below illustration.
(Whatever the god of your understanding is or your idea of spirituality needs to come first)
This includes marriage, kids, parents etc
Find a way to serve human beings around you and do it well! Volunteer, get involved, serve and love on others.
Work (school sports etc dependant on age)
This one can often times take over life, but it needs to stay in its place. If your job is causing you to lose your family time, stress you out and make you a miserable human being than QUIT.
This is your hobbies, TV shows etc. These are the things that help us to rest and relax.
Now go balance your schedule and your life! Find someone to help you set some boundaries in your schedule and time management!