Last week, I talked about some ways you can simplify your life to pave way to take back control of it and achieve greater balance. This week, your mission involves making a commitment you may have forgotten about amidst all the chaos in your life – the commitment to yourself.
Step 2: Reassert Your Commitment to Yourself
Once you’ve accepted the fact that you need to make your life easier, you’ll be ready to take the next step of actually starting to do so. The goal here is to put yourself first by:
- Taking care of yourself. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and getting regular exercise. If you don’t feel healthy, you’ll be less efficient and more likely to feel out of balance.
- Reprioritizing and making a new plan. One of the keys to achieving life balance involves making a list of priorities so that you can tackle tasks in order of importance, one at a time, without feeling overwhelmed by having to do too much at once. Oftentimes, your priorities will change, at which point it’s time to make a new list and change the way you do things to make your life easier and more efficient.
- Now that you’re okay with the fact that you can give up some control, do it! Ask your family members or coworkers to take on some of your workload where appropriate. Sometimes all it takes is a few minutes of hands-on training, or a little bit of faith, to enable someone else to get the job done for you.
- Learning to say no. It’s okay to say no when your family and friends ask you to do something, especially if your calendar is already pretty full. Trust me when I say that your friends will still like you if you have to pass on dinner every once in awhile.
- Avoiding emotionally draining relationships. We all have at least one of what I call a “toxic” friend, family member, or coworker in our lives. These people really zap our energy by wanting us to focus solely on them and their many problems. They rarely ask how we’re doing or how they can help us out, yet they want us to pay attention to them as much as possible. These are the people with whom you should limit your interactions. Instead, make plans with the positive people in your life.
Reasserting your commitment to yourself takes time, but once you do, you’ll notice a tremendous change in how you feel, both physically and mentally. Once you’ve taken back control of your life, it’s up to you to maintain your progress and continue to make yourself a priority.