“Balance in life is the key to everything.”
The topic of balance is quite a big one, but for the sake of this post I am going to focus more on balance in our day to day lives. Personally, I find that I go to bed the happiest and most content at night on days where I have achieved balance; in the sense of work and play, alone time and socialization.
Why it’s important:
To be at peace with yourself you have to achieve some sort of balance in your life. There are many aspects to one’s life, and when all aspects are being fulfilled, that is when one is most content. If you are focused more on work and you’re neglecting time for rest, you will experience burn out. If you flip the table, and you are focused more on rest than work, you will fall behind. Keeping both areas in check and achieving balance will ensure that you’re on track and well rested at the same time. If you find balance you will give everything in your life the attention it needs, and in turn you will feel satisfied and fulfilled at the end of the day.
How to do it:
- Schedule your time well. – many of us are guilty of having unorganized days where we run around like headless chickens not knowing what to do, or when to do what. I’m not saying everyday has to be a perfectly scheduled, organized, beautifully set up day. Sometimes we have off days, and that is fine, but in order to ensure your days are balanced you have to organize your time. Scheduling everything in your day including your meals, and free times is a great way to do that.
- Do not overbook yourself. – don’t schedule meetings with 5 of your friends, and book 10 appointments in one day. Now that may be a little exaggerated, but I think most of us have experienced being overbooked. You won’t be able to achieve balance if you have too much on your plate. Make sure the amount of things you schedule for yourself can be achieved in the time you have.
- Stick to your schedule. – now that you’ve scheduled your day well, you have to actually stick to it. Manage your time, don’t sit for an extra hour on the computer if you have something scheduled in 5 minutes that you need to get ready for. Practice being on time/being on schedule. Get out of the habit of being late.
- Create routines. – this is more of a preference thing, but routines can be really helpful to ensuring balance on a day-to-day basis. You can have morning routines, night routines, all day routines, rest day routines, and so on. (I will be writing in more detail about my weekly and daily routines in the future.) It is good to break out of routine and do something new, and I advice that too, but for the sake of this topic, routines are your friend.
- Categorize the main aspects of your life – these categories can look something like this: work, hobbies, rest, socialization (friends/family), physical activity, mental health. After categorizing, you can pick one thing from each category and try scheduling time for it in your day.
What a balanced day looks like for me:
>> Of course everyday is different, but this is what a day of balance looks like for me. This way I feel content and happy with what I spend my time doing. I’m not saying that everyone should follow this exact schedule, but this is just to show you how I manage to balance things. So I have time I spend by myself like when I am reading, working, cleaning, doing yoga and so on. I also have times where I am socializing with friends, or when I’m eating a meal with my significant other etc. So that is an example of how I balance between socialization and solitude. Another factor, is balancing between work and play. I do that by having free time; where I listen to music, watch my favorite shows and things like that. I also schedule time in my day for work, whether it be creating something or writing. I also make time for my mental & physical health by working out, doing yoga, journaling, and cleaning.
“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.”
“Live life in harmony. Balance the elements of life around you to live in peace. Let your worries go. Do not stress over things you cannot control. Live and be.”
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