Like the very foundations of the universe, mankind has striven for balance in lifestyle since it first saw the light. All of us, at some point in our lives, realise that the absence of balance has rendered our lives far less happier and far more stressful than it should be. And balancing isn’t merely about juggling more and more on your plates. You cannot have a balanced lifestyle if you keep on increasing the eggs you have to fry together.
Some people believe balance is about being an extraordinary office worker, a super perfect mom/dad, as well as the most remarkable of life partners. That is more like trying to stand on one leg and then holding bottles, pens, kids, dogs, files, folders, all at the same time, all the while trying to stay standing on that one leg and not dropping a single thing you’re holding!
THAT IS WRONG!
Balance is about prioritizing as well as about opportunities. Sure a lot of people do so many more things than you can imagine. But they don’t try to do it all at the same time. They divide their work and resources. Remember that focusing is key, as is taking it slow and steady.
If you’re trying to figure out the ways to achieve a balanced lifestyle, you’ve struck the right chord here. Here are three basic and essential tips for the same.
Tip 1) Use that to-do app/notepad
You get them from your office, conferences, etc. But they don’t just gather dust in great people’s homes. They are there for a reason. Make a list of tasks you want to do. Divide that list into essential versus optional. Then strike out whatever doesn’t make you happy. As we said, focusing is key, so focus on the essential tasks first.
Tip 2) Get Help
No, we don’t mean a psychiatrist exam. “Get help” means ask a friend for help. Trying to assess your life is like looking into a mirror. You can’t see all aspects of it clearly on your own. So ask a trusted friend for his/her honest opinion. Ask what your life looks like from the outside. Ask them in what area do they feel you are trying to do too much.
Tip 3) Balance time with opportunity
If you have a great new idea about achieving something, or if you are about to get some more things on your plate, STOP and THINK! No matter how much extra it gives you, nothing is worth your own peace.
When extra tasks are around the corner, identify the time it will take you to complete them. Think of it in daily or weekly terms. Then decide whether you can tackle them without hurting your integrity.
While it is important to be a multitasker in your day-to-day life, that does not mean you have to give up on your sanity and tranquillity. Divide your time and resources but also divide your tasks and opportunities. Remember to get help from a friend. Slowly but surely, you will see the desired effects. Good luck!