Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a hamsters wheel, frantically running to try and keep up with everything that’s going on around you? The problem with such a hectic pace is that you can end up feeling burnt out and overwhelmed, and the knock-on effect can impact your career, health and relationships. If you’re due for a work-life balance health check here are 3 quick ways to start easing the pace…
Anyone that knows me will tell you that I live life at a fast pace. I’m just one of ‘those people’ who finds it hard to slow down, which can be good and bad. I struggle to walk at the same speed as my husband (which is slowly!), I talk fast, and I generally do most things at break-neck speed. It means I get a lot done, but I also have to be very careful that I don’t constantly feel exhausted or burnt out.
Thankfully as you read this I’m in Fiji enjoying a well-deserved break. But holiday’s aren’t the only solution to finding work-life balance, and if you’re like me, it’s critical that you discover other ways to regularly de-stress to avoid the pitfalls of a hectic life.
Unfortunately when life’s so busy it can be really easy to forget to do something that allows you to slow down. So if you want to inject a bit of balance into your day you MUST make a conscious effort to find things that give your mind and body a brief break. Here are 3 steps to quickly run through when you know you need to take things down a notch or two:-
1. Stop & Reflect
OK, I know it’s hard to do this when you’re used to flying around at high speed, but it’s important to recognise when you’ve let ‘balance’ become an obsolete word. Take a moment to identify what is out of balance in your life so that you can adjust the right area – consider family, health, friendships, personal development etc
2. Plan & Diarise
Once you know what area of your is out of kilt, think about what you could do to make some changes and then diarise to take action on those ideas. So for example, if you know you haven’t been spending enough time with your family, plan a picnic or day out, and schedule it in everyone’s diaries ASAP.
This sounds simple, but there’s a big difference between knowing you need to do something and actually doing it, and by plotting a date and time in your diary you’re one step closer to readjusting the balance.
3. Stop The Excuses & Take Action
Now it’s time to take action. Unfortunately what can happen at this point is that you find excuses to go back to your old ways of thinking. If you’re constantly using work as an excuse to miss the gym or meet your friends, or saying that you’re too busy to go on holiday for example, you’re creating excuses to legitimise being out of balance. Yes, there will be times when there just aren’t enough hours in the day, or that you have to delay your vacation, but if you respect your priorities enough you can always find a way to readjust the balance.
Make a conscious effort today to think about what you would like work-life balance to look like in your life, and start injecting just a little bit of it into your day or week. Who knows, it might become a habit!
So what are you going to commit to today that will help add a little more balance into your life? Post a comment below and let me know… (I’ll read them when I come back from Fiji!)
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
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