Getting and Staying Balanced in a Busy World

Published by: Cyprus Mum on 31st Jan 2010 | View all blogs by Cyprus Mum

From stay at home parents to corporate executives, there is an ongoing struggle with balancing everything that life throws at us. Over recent decades, it has become necessary to find a way to juggle a career, a family, and life in general. There are soccer games, dance lessons, parent-teacher conferences, work meetings, deadlines, phone calls, birthdays, laundry, grocery shopping…the list could go on and on. It’s now more important than ever to find a healthy balance in our lives.

Because we are all different, balance means something different to each person. Below are five suggestions that I have found to be particularly helpful in my own life.

• Write down your values. Writing down your
values will help you determine if you are living according to your beliefs or getting caught up in the “busyness” of life. If you value spending time with your family, working late every night will lead to imbalance in your life. A periodic review of this list can help you stay on track.

• Establish your priorities. Your priorities should be in line with your values. If not, it is extremely likely that your life will feel out of balance. Many of the things on our “to do” lists just aren’t priorities. Eliminating these items will free up time to do the things that are truly priorities.

• Stay organized. My preference for staying organized is a PDA. It helps to keep everything together in one place: phone numbers, appointments, to do list, and miscellaneous information. Schedule a time to sort through mail, pay bills, and handle other paperwork and stick to it. This isn’t fun, but it’s a necessary part of life.

• Don’t compete with other women. This was a big one for me. Sometimes it appears that other women are able to gracefully handle much more than we are. What we often don’t see is that they have different circumstances, priorities, and values. What works for some people doesn’t work for others. Not only that, but we often view this as a weakness and don’t talk about it with others. I can guarantee you though that balancing issues affect all of us at one time or another.

• Take time for yourself. I know we are bombarded with this message all the time. It’s one of the most important things we can do to maintain balance in our lives. The stress we feel very often affects those around us. A few minutes a day to yourself can make a world of difference. Whether you read a book, take a bath, exercise, or meditate, the value of this time is immeasurable. The point is: find something that relaxes you and schedule time each day and do it!


by April Mims
April Mims is a life and career coach specializing in work/life balance issues and career transitions. Her coaching practice is Nexus Coaching Partners.





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