Let’s talk BALANCE! And I don’t necessarily mean walkin on a tight rope-balance, but life balance. Friends, family, significant others, work, and yourself. Notice the irony of how it seems natural that the self comes last.
As of January 1st, 2015, after reading a blog post about choosing a word for the year to focus on bettering for myself, I chose balance. I found it hard to become better than mediocre at anything I did, and I think it’s because I didn’t understand the need for focusing on balance.
Here are four things I have implemented into my life in the beginning of the year, to feel as though my life is structured in a way that I feel is balanced just as I desire.
1. Scheduling your needs for self-care.
Simply put, schedule time everyday for activities you want or need to do to feel happy. The morning seems to be the perfect time for most people, but maybe the evening is best for your lifestyle. (I suggest reading “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod).
For me, I need exercise! I schedule it into my morning as if it has to be done, which luckily becomes habit over time, and also makes me feel pretty bummed the rest of the day if I do not wake up to exercise.
2. Make and spend time with others.
Whenever you have days off, try to see whoever is important to you! Spend some quality time with loved ones, because life is too short. Quality over quantity, ladies and gents. It makes it easier to block out time for people when you feel as though you block enough out for yourself and the things you like to accomplish.
3. Take a trip! Vacation/staycation, whatever floats your boat.
Whether that means visiting distant or nearby friends and family, take a long weekend and out of town, homie!
Day trips are good, too! Whatever or whomever you feel like your life is lacking, go for that. It’s so nice to have something to look forward to if it’s planned, but spontaneity is always exciting! Life needs to be super spicy every now and then.
4. Be present at work, and let work stay in the office.
Be the light. Be present. And learn as much as you can. When things go wrong, fix it, and leave it at the office for the next day.
If you have your own business, and possibly even work from home, create a space where work stays and hours of the day that it happens. We all have productive hours of the day that work best for us, so make sure those hours are well put to use, and then be done for the day.