This is an image that comes to mind for many when balance is mentioned – being on a tight rope with so many things to keep aligned so that you or nothing else falls. In this post, we will discuss steps to take to view balance as a desirable state that produces a feeling of well-being.
Clarify Your Values – Many decisions are based on what we believe as being important to us. Determine what you value, both in work and your personal life, by giving it worth, merit or importance.
Set Your Goals – Goals are based on your values and what we hold as important. Goals should help give you focus. A goal should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Make your goal specific and as detailed as possible by answering the six “W” questions – Who? What? Where? When? Which? Why?
Prioritize – By listing your goals on a to-do list in order of importance, you will be able to address the issues that need the most attention. Consider time constraints, requests from others, and any consequences. Know that you can always come back to this list to re-prioritize.
Be Flexible – Being flexible is important as priorities can often shift and change due to environment, circumstances or demands from our job, partner, children or friends. Remaining flexible allows you to more easily reevaluate your values and/or goals.
Take Time For Yourself – Making time for yourself is extremely important because your health and sense of well being will have an effect on you reaching your goals and balancing your work and life. Gift yourself the time to meditate, exercise, rest, and/or pamper yourself. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it.
Signs Of Burnout – Burnout can take place when you are under a lot of stress – emotional exhaustion, physical exhaustion, feelings of being overwhelmed, lose of interest or motivation, lack of productivity. Learn to listen to yourself to really understand when you may be close to burning out and needing to take a break. The earlier you recognize any of the signs, the better you can prevent and work on the issue.
Ask For Help – Do not be afraid to ask others for help! Seek advice from your partner, friends, and other family members.
Remember that work life balance is always an on-going process, never a permanent state. We are constantly making choices and those choices help determine whether or not your life is in balance. If yours are aligned with what you hold most important and valuable, you will likely feel a sense of balance.