Time management tips might sound like something restrictive, but guess again! Here’s a fresh approach to creating balance in your life — an approach that frees you in ways you never dreamed possible.
Just think of it – participating in every essential aspect of your life! When you live in balance, you feel safe, alert, and open. Life feels welcoming, and you actually look forward to entering into your day, because you feel in positive control.
But when you move out of balance? You feel edgy, and little things set you off. You may feel demoralized, as well. After a day of running to catch up, you’re too depleted to enjoy your connections. And you just know tomorrow might be the same, or even worse!
What to do? Trying to duplicate someone else’s schedule doesn’t work, does it? But using the following 3 tips can help you bring more balance into your day.
3 Tips to Create Your Unique Personal Balance System
1. Your balance is unique to you.
Balance arises from your core. First, envision yourself walking, dancing or running barefoot on soft grass. Feel good? Now, imagine trying to do the same thing, while trying to follow the guidance shouted by onlookers. Which is easier?
In the same way, achieving balance between your wants, your needs and daily demands is an inside job. You alone can determine if your choices from morning to night create inner harmony or dissonance.
So, the first step in creating balance is allowing others’ voices to soften to a whisper. The all-important next step is listening to and trusting your own inner signals. It will revitalize your life!
2. Your personal balance can vary from day to day.
You can forget about pie charts. And you can ease up on yourself if you didn’t fit it all in today, too. The balance of your time choices might shift dramatically, depending on what rears its head today. And you can be just as successful, if not more, than those following a rigid schedule.
Nimbleness is half of balance. So long as you don’t lose sight of one set of needs when other demands take center stage, your flexibility will provide you with a richer range of options.
Remember, your balance won’t match anyone else’s. Not even your own from days past. And that’s fine. You will feel yourself flow when you are in tune with yourself. The more you look within, the easier it becomes to clarify your priorities. Notice how much simpler it becomes to decide what stays in your busy day, and what needs to go.
3. Catching your balance counts as balance.
Do you become discouraged when you overextend? Let yourself become quiet, and feel the space inside you. Now, take a step beyond simply listening to your inner voice. Initiate an ongoing, friendly conversation with yourself. Bring all of your caring, patience and dedication to supporting yourself. Affirm your ability to get back on track.
And, what about those times when you feel so stretched you think you’ll snap? Be extra gentle with yourself. No scolding necessary. Listen to your heart to learn what you need. Then provide it, as soon as you can. Your actions will speak volumes and create self-trust.
The key to balance is to trust that you will learn and grow. Like a baby learning to walk, you always get back up. And consistency of effort builds strength, confidence, and grace.
So what will you do right now to bring more balance into your day?© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.