There’s this concept of work-life balance floating around for years now.
It’s this idea that there’s a magical ratio of work hours to home life hours to relaxation.
And it’s elusive to most people because it doesn’t truly exist. Like everything else in life, your perfect balance is something YOU have to create.
What does exist, however, is our ability to take ownership of our time, to schedule what works best for us, and to honor our commitments to that schedule.
What will work for one person and make them feel balanced will be entirely different for another.
So, to create some order in your life and give you a better sense of balance and control, here are a few suggestions:
1. Utilize a calendar. Literally everything from sleep time to workouts to downtime goes in that calendar. You won’t have to do this forever – just until the routine feels freeing, natural, and “balanced.”
2. Don’t cross work and down time. This means bringing your work home with you. When there is no separation between work and home life, you always feel like you’re on the clock.
3. Ensure you schedule doing things you LOVE every week. Interestingly, so much of our free time gets wasted with things like social media and TV, but including things that you really love and set your soul on fire will make you feel far more rejuvenated.
Instead of hoping the mystical work-life balance finds you someday, try the above instead and see how much more productive and energized you find yourself!