Ways to achieve your version of life balance
Overworked. Overscheduled. Overconnected. Thatís the world we live in today. Itís overwhelming to say the least.
The US Bureau of Labour Statistics found, on average, people with full-time jobs work more than the 40 hours required of them during the workweek, and even spend an additional five hours working on the weekend. On top of that, women also spend two hours a day on household activities like cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.
But you donít need me or the Government to tell you that. You live that every single day. The good news is, you donít have to quit your job to find some form of work-life balance.
Iím a mom, a wife, and the creator of Business Boutique. I coach business owners, host a podcast, write books, and travel around the country speaking at events. The only reason Iím able to keep doing it all is because Iíve figured out my own version of balance. And Iím super passionate about helping others do the same.
Here are five methods you can try so you can achieve your own version of life balance:
Prepare for the short seasons
Iíve gone through two maternity leaves in my lifetime, and Iím preparing for my third. When I know these seasons are approaching, I spend the few months leading up to them preparing my business, my team, and the rest of my family for my limited availability.
For example, before maternity leave I write tons of blogs and social media posts so that I still have content publishing consistently while Iím at home adjusting to a new life.
So, whether youíre preparing to go on vacation, taking a sabbatical, caring for an ageing parent, or something else thatís temporary ó if you can do more now, you wonít have as much to do later.
Speak up more
Be honest with your boss, coworkers, spouse, or volunteer groups when you feel like your plate is too full ó and come up with possible solutions. Donít be afraid to raise your hand and ask for help, because I can guarantee theyíve been in your shoes before.
Life balance isnít about doing everything for an equal amount of time. Itís about doing the right things at the right time. Everything in your life is not created equal.
Draw a pyramid, and rank all the important things in your life. Then give those people, events, and yourself importance by scheduling time for each (with whatever is at the top getting the most of your time). Your pyramid will shift and change based on your season of life, but establishing clear priorities will ultimately reduce your stress and make decision-making easier.
I love this quote by Warren Buffett: ďThe difference between successful people and really successful people is really successful people say no to almost everything.Ē Itís so true! Your time is limited. And, by the way, itís yours. You donít just have the right to say no, you have the responsibility. If you donít protect your time, no one else will.
We could all use more help in this area. Thatís why I created a free resource to help. 25 Ways to Protect Your Time is a script filled with different ways you can say no without feeling guilty. We could all use a little less guilt. Am I right?
Be present where you are
When youíre at your kidís soccer game, be fully present. Donít get distracted by thousands of other things. When youíre at the office, do amazing work and be a team player. When youíre on a date with your loved one, give them your undivided attention.
Wherever you are, be there. This will help you feel like youíre truly giving all your priorities the love and attention they deserve. Try these five methods in your own life, and I bet youíll be surprised at how achievable life balance truly is.
And remember, life balance is 100 per cent personal. Itís going to look different for every person and every family, based on their priorities and season of life. Thatís why itís so important not to compare what your version of life balance looks like with someone elseís. Thatís a freeing thought, isnít it?
ē Christy Wright is the #1 national bestselling author of Business Boutique, host of the Business Boutique podcast, a Certified Business Coach and a Ramsey Personality with a passion for equipping women with the knowledge and steps they need to successfully run and grow a business. Since joining Ramsey Solutions in 2009, she has spoken to thousands across the country at womenís conferences, national business conferences, Fortune 500 companies and her own sold-out live events. You can follow Wright on Twitter and Instagram @ChristyBWright and online at christywright.com or facebook.com/OfficialChristyWright
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