Time management tips embrace your whole life – and balance coordinates your whole life. So call on your creative intuition to create the best balance possible for every day you live!
After all, without balance in your life, you fall. You run out of patience. You run out of energy, ambition and heart. So understanding balance is absolutely essential to effectively manage your time. Let’s explore your earliest associations with balance by recalling a childhood game.
A Trip Back In Time
Remember playing Statue as a kid? You’d run, spin, and then freeze, desperately trying to keep your balance when the whistle blew. Anyone who moved was “out”.
You stiffened. And now, when whistles blow in your life, and stress builds, you may instinctively try to “fix” things by becoming rigid once again. But the more you try to control events by not flexing, the more likely you are to veer off balance.
Striking A Balance Between Work And Home
Balancing work and the rest of your life is another perplexing challenge. Have you tried to maintain both by slicing your life into distinct portions? Rarely is coordinating conflicting demands that simple. And what’s difficult to grasp is hard to put into practice.
Call On Your Intuition To Create A Fresh Approach
I suggest you explore longstanding patterns like those we’ve just considered, because this prepares you to move forward. The better you understand how your automatic responses originate, the more easily you can set them aside and experiment with something new.
3 Simple Steps to Find Your Balance:
- Ask yourself where you would like to achieve a more satisfying balance.
- Quickly write the first five to ten words you think of when you think of balance.
- Next, recall three times when you have felt balanced in your life. As you write, describe the activities or situations that contributed to your feeling balanced. How do these descriptions relate to the words you listed? What do you discover?
Balance And Energy
For a fresh perspective, I suggest that you approach balance from the vantage point of energy. We hold both masculine and feminine energy, or yin and yang, within us. Masculine energy is traditionally associated with logic, work and taking action. Creativity, nurturance, intuition and compassion are considered to be feminine.
The key to balancing energy is understanding what energizes you and what depletes you. Observe yourself when you are involved with just one kind of energy in your life. For example, does work dominate your thoughts? Do you pressure yourself to achieve more to succeed? Or do you devote much of your day to creative daydreaming, nesting, and thinking about how to nurture significant relationships?
Balance as A Bridge
Balancing requires building a bridge that unites these opposite poles. As you combine work activities with self-expression and exploration, you both create and achieve, act and dream. In this way, you develop a dynamic balance. You integrate masculine and feminine energy and claim it as your own energy.
Balance As An Evolving Exploration
Juggling conflicting demands can feel like a tiresome chore. But when you envision balancing as living more fully, you bring enthusiasm and creativity to the venture. Proactivity creates new paths to success.
So I invite you to embrace balancing as a way to support your ongoing health and happiness. As a matter of course, objectively observe yourself as you move through your day. Notice where and how you integrate your masculine and feminine energy. And welcome each opportunity to match your energy to the unique moment you are in. Developing this intuitive and dynamic flow will revolutionize your capacity to stand in your power.© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.