12 Life Balance Tips (Part 2)
Activities That Can Improve Your Life Right Now!
I’m usually not a jerk to my clients, yet I can be one towards my family. Professionally, the consequences of acting poorly are clear to me (e.g. loss of money, reputation, etc.). At home, the consequences are even greater yet rarely on my mind (e.g. damaged relationships). It’s the same type of thing with life balance. Workaholism might not seem costly, but actually causes destruction (e.g. damaged health, damaged relationships, mental health issues, etc.). Negative behaviors can be easier to stop when the consequences are immediate, yet unfortunately, the greatest damage we do to our lives comes through a slow progression.
In 12 Life Balance Tips (Part 1) I gave you six activities that can help get your life on track. Here’s six more life balance tips. Be a person of application, because that’s how personal transformation happens. There’s a lot more at stake than you may realize.
6 Additional Life Balance Activities
1. Some is Better Than None
Just doing something is better than nothing. Maybe you don’t have time for a 45 minute workout, so work out for 15 minutes instead. If you cannot make time for lunch with your good friend, talk on the phone for ten minutes.
2. Done is Better Than Perfect
Get a project or task completed. With most things, you can go back and make changes later. Get something crossed off your task list. Minimize distractions and get it done.
3. Use The Life Wheel
Assess your level of satisfaction in each area of your life on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 is low and 10 is high. When it falls below a 7, do something to get it back up. Here’s a pdf worksheet that can help.
4. Define Your “7” In Each Part of Your Life
You might not be satisfied in an area because of unrealistic expectations. “Good enough” is better than “perfect” when it comes to living a balanced life. Write down what a “7” rather than a “10” looks like in each of your life areas. Challenge, and possibly tame, your standards. Here’s another link to the worksheet.
5. Do Something New
Do something outside your normal routine. Go on a walk. Volunteer. Go camping. Go on a weekend getaway. Go to a Royals game. Eat at a new restaurant. This may feel awkward at first, but if you stick it out, you won’t regret stepping outside your box. Make a list of 5 new things that you would like to do.
6. Plan Your Calendar For the Next 12 Months
Mark down all the things you want to do over the entire year. You can always make changes later, but this gets the process started. Put everything on this calendar besides work activities. This will force you to put non-professional activities on your calendar.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony” – Thomas Merton
How You Might Apply These Tips
Here is what I would suggest you do with this information. Application leads to transformation.
1. Start with the one you feel will help you the most
Your intuition may tell you which tip will help the most. Trust yourself.
2. Do what’s easiest for you
Maybe all the tips seem helpful and you need to just do something. Engage the simplest piece of advice.
3. If you have the energy, apply one tip each day
This is for high octane application. Committing in a big way can be helpful.
4. Apply one tip each week
For steady application over a 12 week period, this is the way to go. Cross one tip off your list each week and journal about your progress.
As a result of applying some of these tips, you’ll live a more ordered, healthy, and happy life.
Question: Why is it so hard to recognize the damage we’re doing to ourselves? What can we do to be more aware of this destructive process?