Sometimes it seems like life just gets busier and busier. Are you constantly rushing around day long? Have even hobbies started to feel like a drain on your time? Or are you thinking “hobbies, who has time for hobbies?”? It might be time to pause and restore some balance to your life. Limiting time spent on certain things and taking the time to look after yourself doesn’t necessarily mean you will get less done. To the contrary, if you have a defined time to get tasks done in, and start out refreshed and enthusiastic rather than exhausted and deflated you may be much more productive!
Here are 13 tips for finding balance in a busy lifestyle.
- Set boundaries and goals to stay focussed on what matters
Is work or some other aspect of your life taking over a lot more time than you think it should? Assess what you want to achieve in this area, what is needed to achieve that goal and what is extra. Create a timetable to allow you limits the time spent but that will allow you to reach your goals.
- Do a little each day; something is better than nothing
Having just been through one of the busiest periods in my life, I found exercise really, really hard to fit in/be motivated enough to do. I am now fitting in just 10-15 minutes of exercise per day. But it has actually made a huge difference in how I feel and is something that I can commit to as there is no excuse for not finding 10 minutes in the day!
- Actually…aim to juggle rather than balance
I’m a firm believer that if you really want to do something, then you can find a way to fit it into your life…at some point. But no one can do everything every day. There may be some things you can only spend time on a couple of times a week. There may be some things that you want to try for a certain period at some point in your life (eg. run a marathon) but may or may not want to continue indefinitely.
- Take refreshing breaks, for example
-getting up for a few minutes after every hour at your desk
-having a mid-week evening out
-taking holidays; A great piece of advice I was given when I started working was that the best time to start planning a holiday is as soon as you get back from a holiday. That way you always have something to look forward to.
- Indulge in a few little treats each day such as:
listening to an uplifting podcast on your commute, having a bubble bath, a hot cup of tea while reading a good book, a luxurious piece of dark chocolate…whatever helps you feel relaxed, positive or energised
- Take care of your body:
-have a generally healthy diet with some occasional treats
-get enough sleep, and ideally have a regular sleep pattern
-get some exercise, a little regularly is better than none at all
- Take care of your mind and spirit
-regularly stimulate your mind with new skills and information, thought-provoking books movies and conversation, travel and generally get out of your comfort zone from time to time
-regularly relax your mind: read or watch something relaxing, consider trying a new stress-release technique (meditation, prayer, mindfulness, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation etc.)
-indulge your creative side: cook, bake, draw, paint, write, make music, dance, whatever you like
- Take the time to look fabulous
Ever noticed how the way you dress and groom can affect the way you feel and behave? Wear something that makes you feel confident and together.
- Invest in quality time with those you care about
-talk, have fun with and relax with family and friends
- Consider regularly doing something to help someone else
It might just help you feel better/more balanced/in perspective too.
- It’s OK to go “all-out” for short, defined periods of time
We all go through periods in life where there is some sort of major deadline (such as an exam) and one thing can take over almost every waking minute. That’s OK, just try to make sure there is a defined end to this crazily busy time and maybe plan something to look forward to when it’s over.
- Remember…things change
Life is dynamic, circumstances change, we change… Roll with the punches and regularly reassess how things are working. Consider if your schedule needs to be tweaked or if something doesn’t fit your life anymore and needs to be let go to create room for new things.
Have a wonderful week!
*this article first appeared as a guest post on www.nzgirl.co.nz