Work/Life Balance Part 4
Creating a work/life balance is part dedication and part trial and error.
Achieving Work/Life Balance is not something that happens overnight. Wishing for it and achieving it doesn’t usually have the same time investment. It may take several months before your dream starts to come true. And trying to make it all happen at the same time is not sustainable.
You’re going to travel that road in baby steps and every day you’ll do that with a journal and 5 minutes of your time.
I will spend a minute a day ______________ to ________________________.
- Renew my energy.
- Make more of my time.
- Boost my confidence.
- Build better relationships.
- Shape up my finances.
- Feel inspired to enjoy a fulfilling life.
I will tell myself I have _________________________.
- The time.
- The space.
- The support.
- The resources.
- The money.
- The know-how.
To balance my work and life
Then I will will write about:
- My daily life.
- My vision.
- Building 1,000 loyal fans.
- Declutter my life.
- Gain Focus
- Clarify my priorities
- My thoughts.
- My goals.
- Know my strengths.
- Tickle my obstacles.
- Plan ahead
- Shape up my finances.
Some of these require more time than 5 minutes. Write what you can. If you need to elaborate, come back, and add on to them, but write something.
Your answers should help you notice and enjoy the journey of your life – step-by-step. The more you do this on a regular basis (hopefully quarterly), the easier the journey to your own personal balance.
Knowing yourself and what constitutes your balanced world is the goal. If you’re having trouble finding that balance, remember to:
- Accept that it won’t be perfect, and every day is different.
- Set your priorities every day. Choose your top three.
- Play to your strengths. Do what you’re good at – delegate the rest.
- Learn to say “no”.
- Focus on achieving results. Shift from focusing on quantity results to quality results. Work on the most important task until it’s been completed.
- Set your work hours and stick to them.
- Schedule personal time (even if it’s only 15 minutes without any disruptions).
- Prioritize your health – mental and physical. Eat healthy meals. Get enough sleep. Take mental health time.
- Take vacations to refresh your mind.
- Don’t fear being “off-line”.
- Take it slow – one at a time with the most important first – create ideas to implement any changes and work at them for 60 to 90 days.
You hear lots of words of encouragement, most being “follow your passion”. Mark Cuban doesn’t agree. He said -
“Follow your passion? No. Follow your effort. No one quits anything they’re good at.”