Balance is a word that is commonly associated with equity and justice. However, many of us often fail to realize how crucial balance is for our survival. The vestibular (balance) system in the body is used to keep us balanced so that we're not toppling over ourselves. We also balance our cheque books so that we don't end up wallowing in debt. There is night to balance out the day and sun to brighten the rain. Balance is a crucial aspect of life. Many people, however, neglect this point when considering how they live their lives. Some people work continuously and make no time for fun while others make time for fun but no time for work. When your life is imbalanced there can be several social and physical repercussions. You may "burn out" from being overworked or you may never be able to hold a job because you're having too much fun. So, how can you start to live a more balanced life?
Determine Where There is an Imbalance
The first step in creating a balanced life is determining where there is imbalance. There are three key areas that you should assess in order to measure imbalance. These areas are shown in the table below along with the questions you should ask yourself in order to assess how deeply involved you are in these areas.
|Professional Life||Relationships||Social Life|
||1. Do you spend too much time with your friends?
2. Are you going out more than twice per week?
3. Does your social life affect your professional life?
Let's discuss each category.
Your job requires you to work for a certain number of hours each day. Some people work a 40 hour work week while others may work for longer periods. The smartest people are those who use their time at work to complete all their work tasks. They know that nothing is going to be coming home with them and if something can't be completed today it will have to be completed when they get to work the following work day. People who do this are better able to spend quality time with their families and tend to be healthier because they're not overworked.
Your life goals cannot solely be about making money. Money is fleeting and can be taken away in an instant. The most important things in life are the relationships you build with the people around you. Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with being ambitious and attempting to rise to the top through hard work. However, this should not be at the expense of your friends and family.
Sometimes we can become so consumed with our relationships that we don't have time for anyone else. Relationships like these are usually unhealthy. Yes, it is important to spend time with your partner and enjoy being together. However, you both need some space sometimes to explore your hobbies and bond with your friends. You also need to be able to stand on your own two feet. You can't depend on your partner to be and do every single thing for you.
Now, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun. However, everything should be done in moderation. Think about all of the time that you spend lyming. Is it taking up too much of your time?
Make the Necessary Changes
When you have identified the area of imbalance, it is time for you to make some life altering changes. If you spend you spend too much time working then it's time for you to be wiser in how you spend your work hours. If you are too absorbed in your relationship it's time to step back and reflect. If your social life is compromising your professional life, it's time for you to think about how you spend your time. If you don't think that you can make these changes alone, ask one of your friends to be your accountability partner.
Living a balanced life is important. Do what you need to do in order to create balance in your life.