Life balance seems to be an elusive goal for all of us who hold full-time jobs and have family and other responsibilities waiting when we get home. However, it’s not as difficult as you might think to meet this goal of being able to focus equally on all the areas of your life that demand attention. All it takes are three easy steps to help you better focus on yourself and the things you want and need to do. In the interest of making things as balanced as possible, I’ll be focusing on a different step each week for the next three weeks.
Step 1: Simplify Your Life
I look at simplifying as a way of preparing to make your life easier and more efficient. Simplifying your life involves:
- Giving up some control by allow someone else to take the lead once in awhile. You don’t have to immediately start delegating responsibilities – you just have to prepare yourself to be okay with the fact that it’s perfectly normal to ask family, friends, and coworkers to help you out.
- Sharing your priorities. Let those around you know what you need to get done. If your family members or coworkers know how busy you are, and what needs to get accomplished, they can either help you or leave you alone so you can get things done.
- Reducing your number of commitments. Clear out your calendar so you have several free nights each week.
- Redesigning your nights and weekends. Take back your free time by making it your own. Do what you want and need to do during the hours when you’re not at work.
Once you’ve become okay with making things easier on yourself, you’ll be ready to take the next step of reasserting your commitment to the person that matters most – YOU!