Want to Achieve Balance?
Make an Appointment With Yourself.
Recently a client
confessed to me, "I find myself working 60 or more hours each
week. I have no time or energy for anything other than work. I don't
see my family, I don't have time for friends or hobbies and I feel
completely overwhelmed. I want more time and fulfillment in my life.
I would rather divide my time between work, nature, people in my life
and travel as opposed to oozing out meager samplings of these between
This is a common
concern. People are working more hours than ever. They make a good
income and are able to afford more material possessions, but at the
expense of their happiness and satisfaction.
As the client
above stated, she's unhappy, exhausted and creatively starved.
What can be done?
Here are six tips:
simplifying your life. Look at all of the things that you tolerate
that only serve to limit you and drain your energy. Make a goal
to systematically eliminate them all from your life.
appointment with yourself. This week make an appointment by
marking your calendar and keeping the appointment with yourself
as you would an appointment with your most important client.
what you want from your life and what is standing in your way.
Look at what unwanted energy drains you need to remove from your
life to make this happen. Do you need to pay off credit cards? Do
you need to simplify your living situation? Can you incorporate
a more flexible schedule so that you can have more time for fulfillment?
Can you take a time management or organizing seminar so that you
use your time more effectively? Brainstorm and see what comes to
mind. Make a plan with concrete action steps with deadlines and
Talk to friends and colleagues to see if they are going through
the same situation and help each other brainstorm solutions. Enlist
the support of a coach to help you set and achieve practical goals
and regain balance.
even the small triumphs of your life. We often become so absorbed
in accomplishing tasks or to-do lists that we overlook opportunities
to experience joy and satisfaction.
you focus your attention. Carlos Castaneda once said, "The
trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable
or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."
Take this quote to heart. Write is down and tape it to your computer
screen or bathroom mirror.
Then, every morning,
ask yourself: "What am I going to emphasize today?"
Why be miserable,
when you can make yourself strong!
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