Why does LIFE BALANCE seem to be so elusive? Because it’s imaginary. No one is ever in equal balance. An admired colleague Krista Clive Smith once described it more like a symphony where different parts are louder than others at different times, but when listening to it as a whole it is harmonic and beautiful.
What would be possible if you gave yourself permission to live in harmony and not strive for perfect balance all the time?
I divide my “life pie” into 4 parts; business, family, service and self-care. No day, week or month is ever the same. If I lived in balance, my pie would look like this:
Not only is this unrealistic, imagine how boring life would be if every day and every week were the same. More realistically my life looks like this:One may say I’m never in balance, but that’s okay. Collectively my pies makes sense. By accepting that my life pie isn’t always going to look the same I find peace and harmony. Understanding this makes me feel grounded, happy and successful. How do you think a shift of perspective about life balance would effect you?
Our lives are busy and full to the extent that we are like the Energizer Bunny that just keeps going and going and going. I know I feel like sometimes I take a licking and keep on ticking? My clients share with me that they feel that way too. What if we were to hit the pause button, what would happen?
For me creating space both physically and in my calendar enables me to see what is most important. Only then am I able to focus on the things that are fulfilling and really matter. Actually, the pause is the only way I can see what matters and is important. (Can you tell I just got back from a weekend yoga retreat?) It makes all the difference.
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Carve out an hour to transfer all of your standing meetings and other obligations onto your 2013 calendar. Be sure to include:
- out-of-town meetings
- hair, doctor, and groomer appointments
- family events
- school and camp schedules
The sooner you do this the better the chance that you won’t double book or overbook yourself. And once it’s on your calendar you’ll have a much better chance at honoring your commitments.