As women, we tend to overcommit ourselves because we want to prove we can handle it or simply not wanting to face the fear of saying “no”. Whether you look like you have it all under control or are running around aimlessly, you might agree that there is no special formula that creates balance. You see, balance is what you make it. Yes… You!
While there are areas in our lives that are non-negotiable, we always tend to work it all out because we perceive balance to be something different based on the task at hand. I’ve gathered some great tips on improving balance in your life. Review these tips and start implementing them today. I’m sure you will find some that you are already working on.
1. Manage Your Time
There are tons of time management tools you can use. Some of the most common are prioritizing your workload, time-blocking to ensure you have uninterrupted time and scheduling yourself in advance. Which ever you decide, just make sure it works for you. Be intentional and consistent in order to conquer time management. Plan ahead!
2. Take Time for You
Add yourself to your “To Do” list. How many times do we go through a list and nowhere on it are doing the things we love or need to do? Stop feeling guilty about taking time for you! Think of this… even the airlines tell you to place your own oxygen mask first and then help others around you. Remember that you are no good to everyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first.
Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to adjust. Give yourself permission to compromise when you need to. Always keep in mind that whatever you put off today, you will have to work on harder tomorrow. There are moments that we will have to learn to be flexible. Whether its going to the gym, family time or your favorite show on TV, know that you will have to give something up. What are you willing to compromise? What are your non-negotiables?
4. Learn to say No
We love saying yes to everyone and everything! But lets face it, taking on an additional project with a tight deadline or adding more stress to an already stressful routine is sometimes just not worth it. Learn to say no! But if a decision requires some thought, ask additional questions and take additional time before you commit.
I would love to hear your feedback on how you have used some of these. Also, feel free to share some of your own tactics!