Finding balance in our lives is so important, yet it can be such a difficult task! You may be wondering where to start and how to do it. I have found a balance that works pretty well for me most of the time, and I would love to share with you some tips so that you can figure one out for yourselves as well!
These are the things that I have learned and implemented in my life over time that have helped me to be more productive and happier about what I can get done:
- Build a morning routine for success:
How you start, each morning can determine how successful and productive your day is. So my first tip to you is to think about 3-5 activities you can do after you wake up in the mornings and then start doing them. Some examples are: savoring your coffee, eating a healthy breakfast, reading something that brings you joy, and exercising. Take your personal needs into account and try to incorporate things that help you feel happy and more awake!
- Make a to-do list each day:
I like to make my to-do list the evening before, but sometimes I wait until the morning. The to-do list will help you to accomplish what needs to be done each day, by merely having a plan and a direction. My suggestion, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed, is to start by tackling something that is small or quick. As you finish that task, you will feel triumphant and ready to knock the rest of the list out!
- Take care of your priorities:
Whatever is most important today, focus on getting that done above the other things on your list. The rest can wait. It’s also good to remember that not everything has to be finished right this second. Do your best today and do the rest tomorrow. The world will not end if you don’t finish something and carry it over into the next day. No one can get everything done, all the time!
- Make sure you take time for self-care:
Self-care is so vital to our health and wellbeing. What good are you going to be to yourself, or anyone else, if you don’t take care of your needs as well? The better you take care of yourself, the more you can get done and the better of a job you will do! Get rest and recuperation time so that you don’t run yourself ragged, stay hydrated, take a break when you need it, and eat well to fuel your work! Also, don’t forget to do something fun and enjoyable from time to time, or even treat yourself occasionally.
- Ask or accept help when you need it:
I recently read a post about outsourcing some of your work so that you can spend more time on the things that matter. I can’t remember who wrote it, but I found that so accurate and helpful! Whether it is at home or work, let others help you when you need it so that you can put more time and energy towards whatever is most important to you in the long run.
- Remember the big picture:
What is most important as you look to the future? Is it the time with your family, providing for them, finishing your work, or something else entirely? Figure out what you need to focus on more in the here, and now that will make your future better! Some things don’t have that much of an impact on our future, while others do. Those things that are more trivial can be let go to take care of the more urgent tasks.
Final Thoughts on Finding Balance
Putting these tips to use can help you bring more order and balance to your life. It may take time to get into a rhythm with all of it, but once you do, you will find out how much of a benefit it is to have this balance! You will feel so much better and more at peace about what you accomplish each day!