The last step toward achieving life balance may be the hardest, but it will certainly end up being the most fulfilling. Once you have mastered the art of making things easier on yourself, try and sustain all of the progress you’ve achieved by continuing to put yourself first.
Step 3: Maintain Your Commitment to Yourself
Hopefully you’ve already taken a few steps to simplify your life and reassert your commitment to yourself. Once you feel that you’ve made all the positive changes you need to achieve greater life balance, your goal will be to focus on maintaining your newfound sense of balance by:
- Continuing to take care of yourself. Make sure you continue to eat right, schedule regular exercise sessions, and get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night in order to feel your best.
- Developing your social circle. Once you’ve cut out the negative people in your life, seek out more positive sources of support. Aim to have at least one family member, close friend, and coworker with whom you can share your feelings on a regular basis.
- Reassess periodically – what worked, and what didn’t? Sometimes, it’s obvious when we need to make a new plan. Other times, we need to take a step back and look at our priorities and the way we’re going about doing things. Take the time to check in with yourself to assess your sense of balance every few months. If you catch yourself feeling even slightly out of balance, you’ll be able to make small changes to get back on track.
Three weeks ago, you may have thought that achieving life balance was an impossible task. Hopefully you’re already on your way to a greater sense of balance – and a greater focus on what matters most to you.