Thursday, February 25, 2010

Work Life Balance

How are you feeling right now?  Are you feeling like your life is perfectly balanced and everything runs smoothly with you having plenty of time left over to rejuvenate the body and soul?  No?  Well, I'd say, join the club.  You are probably feeling more like you are run ragged with an overwhelming feeling that you have so much to do and very little time to do it.  Would that be more like it?  And also feeling like everyone wants a piece of you and there is nothing left at the end of the day and so you fall, exhausted, into bed or onto the nearest piece of horizontal furniture and collapse/become comatosed at double figure times of the day.  I got it.  I totally understand.  Oh, and then perhaps to awaken at 2 am lying in the darkness, running through all the things that aren't being done whilst you are wasting your time trying to go back to sleep.  Is that really how life is(or close to it)?

Today when I was looking through posts by my fellow social networkers, I came upon a blog which I thought might be of help to you. It's called "Dumb Little Man Tips on Life".  Here is the link:

Now I know that you may or may not be able to do everything that is mentioned in this post.  I get that.  It's a list of suggestions of things that you could do to make that balance easier; so that perhaps you've got time to have a five minute shower before you pass out on the bed at midnight.  What are the flexible tasks in your busy day?  How can you use this list of tips to re-balance your life and those flexible tasks?  Like I said, even if it gives you and extra 5 mins at the end of your day(there's alwasy the five minute holiday!).

One of my friends recently decided to go back to study.  We used to exercise twice a week together.  She was unable to exercise for two weeks and when I rang her she was inundated.  She said she just didn't have one minute to spend on anything else.  Not only had the children's extra curricular activities resumed after holidays, so had her husband's exercise and music lessons and not only did she have to fit in study lessons to twice a week on her already busy schedule, she also had to study at home some amazing amount of hours each week with assignments due weekly.  She said she felt like she hadn't got to spend any quality time with her family let alone do anything for herself.  So I sent her my time management schecule and asked her to work out, and diary in, what time she wanted to allocate to all the things she needed and wanted to do and at the end of the process she would have a plan to work towards for the coming weeks.  I also recommended she do it with her family so they all had a schedule and manage their time together so it was a priority for all of them and happening at the same time.  We are going exercising tonight(it's back on the schedule) and I am really looking forward to it.

So you see, all it takes if you are feeling overwhelmed and out of favours for others is a few minutes to reasses your life and a few ideas of how to change.  Once you take the first step, it's easy after that.  Enlist the help of a friend to listen and share with or a coach to keep the momentum going and you will find the change effortless and smooth.

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