Do you feel like that hamster on the wheel, constantly going, going, going but never getting anywhere? Are you stressed, overcommitted, burnt out, and exhausted?
If you’re like many business owners and executives, this is reality, most days, if not every day. This is a classic sign of life being out of balance. When our lives are out of balance, there are typically one or two areas that are monopolizing our time. If not adjusted, this lifestyle can lead to serious physical and emotional health problems, as well as relationship and productivity challenges.
If this resonates with you, here are some tips for establishing balance in your life:
Create a schedule – You may already have one. However, if you feel like your schedule is controlling you, and not the other way around, it’s time to take action. Take a piece of paper and divide it into 3 columns.
Left column - High priority tasks (ex: work, kid activities, doctor’s appointments, self-care, grocery shopping, etc.). Yes, I did include self-care. It’s mandatory!
Middle column – Medium priority tasks that need to be accomplished in the next few weeks, but are not urgent.
Right column, include all low priority tasks (ex: clean out the closet, create holiday card list, etc.).
On the back side of your paper, jot down all the tasks that occupy a typical day for you. Include getting ready for work and all time suckers, such as social media, email, TV, and computer games.
Once you’ve created your lists, place your High, Medium, and Low priority tasks on a month at a glance calendar. It will provide an excellent visual of available time blocks. If you have limited or no availability, it’s necessary to assess how much time you’re spending on time suckers. You may be surprised at how many hours you are spending, scrolling social media and watching Netflix.
2. If you tend to have back to back meetings throughout the day, schedule 20-30 minute breaks between meetings to run to the restroom, grab a snack, refill water, stretch your legs, and check your email. If you’re thinking 10-15 minutes will suffice, consider what will happen when a meeting runs long. No breaks!
3. Be sure to set office hours. If you don’t, you’re telling your co-workers that you’re available anytime.
4. Set clear boundaries. If you’re a people pleaser and have trouble saying no, WAKE UP!! When you say yes to something, you’re saying no to something else. Are you saying yes to the wrong things?
5. Let go of what you can’t control. I know this is easier said than done at times. However, when you recognize there are certain things outside of your control, it’s very freeing. Focus on those things you can control…how you respond to situations and your actions
If you’re tired of being that hamster on the wheel and are ready to take action to get healthy and lead a balanced life, I will be your best supporter. Let’s do this!
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