What is Balance and How Can I Get Some?
I can’t believe that the Holidays are just around the corner! This year has been an amazing year for me both professionally and personally. As I look back over the year, I realize that my balance was a bit off ~ I did much more professional development and business work then I did for my personal life. Now, that I have said it out loud, I can also say that I am feeling the lopsidedness. I am thrilled with what I have accomplished, don’t get me wrong, but I also want to take a step back and really focus on getting myself back into balance. Work-life balance – it sure sounds good and what does it mean….better yet, how do you get some?
As I see it, work-life balance is the dynamic interaction between “work” and “life”. “Work” is those tasks you must do to keep your life functioning ~ paid or unpaid, inside or outside the home. And “life” is those things you do for your own personal fulfillment ~ the things we really enjoy and want to do. “Balance” is the ideal blend of those two areas. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
So, getting myself into some work-life balance is at the top of my to-do list for the upcoming months. I love being a caregiver; it is a big part of who I am. I also know that being in balance will help me continue doing what I am a passionate about. What about you? Are you ready to find some balance in your life?
Here are some ways to begin to work on balance:
*Become aware of how you are spending your time. Notice where you are satisfied, where you may be unbalanced, and what you would like to change.
*Create your vision of a balanced day. How do you desire your ideal day to look while enjoying the perfect combination of “work” and “life”?
*Identify the obstacles that interfere with your quest for balance such as your own thoughts, words, and actions. Also look at other obstacles such as people’s opinions, schedules, and actions.
*And finally, put it all into “action”. Awareness, desire, and identifying your obstacles are important, but to move toward balance, you need to take action. Make choices that move you toward balance and watch your life bloom. Work-life balance is not a destination. It is a dynamic state of awareness and choices. I hope that these simple tips to help move you toward the life you desire!