I am always struggling with finding balance. It’s so easy for me to spend all of my time focusing on one aspect of my life that I neglect all the other parts. With the final countdown to my starting school being on, it’s more important to me than ever that I find some balance between work, school, family, social life and the all-important sleep. With all the focus I’ve placed on balancing my life recently, it seemed only natural that I share what I’ve learned with you as well.
Schedule Time to Be Off
Okay, so I know this one may sound ridiculous. We spend so much time scheduling our lives to make sure everything we want to accomplish gets done, shouldn’t we take a break from all the scheduling? The answer, NO! By scheduling time to specifically be off, it will help you to know there is a specific time for you to just relax and not let other things get in the way.
Since your time to be off is scheduled in, there is nothing that can get in the way of you just relaxing. It’s important to consider your off time just as important as the time you spend at work or anything else you need to schedule. When something is on our schedule, we tend to treat it as more important and necessary than something that is not. Spending time focusing on yourself is very necessary. The time you spend just focusing on yourself is needed to re-energize and prepare yourself to continue to work at your highest level.
Know What You Have Planned
Is anyone else guilty of writing something down in your planner and forgetting to look at it? Or making plans but forgetting to write them down. I know I am! I try so hard to stay organized, but sometimes things slip by. Recently though I’ve been making a considerable effort not to let this happen. There’s no (good) way for life to stay balanced when you’re continually remembering things last minute or feeling like a perfectly planned day is being jostled up by unexpected plans.
Take time at the end of the day to look at your calendar. When doing this, think about if there is anything that needs to be written down. In addition, take a look at what plans are already set for tomorrow. Be sure to incorporate these plans into your day. Also, when making plans, be sure to look at the calendar before agreeing to anything. Do this no matter how confident you are that night is free.
Do One Thing for Yourself Every Day
Doing something for yourself every day no matter how small. I know this may seem insignificant, but it can make all the difference when it comes to finding balance. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in whatever it is that’s consuming your life. By doing something for yourself, you are allowing yourself a break from what is draining your life. That way, no matter how crazy life gets there’s always more than one thing going on in your life. It will give you a break from whatever is causing the busyness. It can be something as small as doing a face mask or a workout or going on a day trip with friends. Regardless of what the case may be, do something.
Work Hard During Your On Times
A huge part of finding balance is working hard during the times you have to work. Do you ever have those times when you have to do something, and you put the very least amount of effort possible into it? So it’s finished, but really not. This is a sure-fire way to make sure you have more on your plate than you may want to. In the end, it will lead to time that could be spent on other things. Work hard during your ‘on’ times and put your all into your work.
Then afterward you can fully enjoy the time you spend relaxing. Also, once you’re done with your chores and to do’s for the day, just RELAX! Don’t try to get ahead and do more than necessary; it will lead to a constant cycle of never being done (and honestly, there’s probably enough of that already). Just focus on what you need to do, get it done, and then relax.
Get Enough Sleep
I feel like my mom saying this, but sleeping is a huge part of having balance in your life. When you’re not getting enough sleep, it leads to difficulty concentrating, possible sickness, the potential to oversleep, and other not good things. I always say to myself ‘I wish I didn’t have to sleep so much’. But also, the second night time rolls around I’m ready for lights out. When you’re well rested, it’s so much easier to get a lot done during the day.
In turn, this leaves more time to focus on other things. It seems counterintuitive that getting more sleep will allow you to get more done, but by increasing your productivity during your awake hours you will be able to work faster and accomplish more. Getting less sleep could lead to a slower working place and less time to enjoy other things.
I am definitely still far away from having a balanced life. This being said, it’s a relief even just to know I am working my way towards it.