Is your life balanced, or are you focusing too much on one area?
Select Member Mike Gardner, also known as The Time Doctor, has 25 tips for helping you to reach your goals while achieving balance in your life:
1 – Get active. Exercising your body helps you discharge stress and reflect on the current status of your life.
2 – Establish daily limits for how much you’ll work. Maybe you could try to set a limit of not working more than thirty minutes overtime on any given work day, to discourage you from letting your work take over your life.
3 – Foster emotional connections with your partner. Maintaining close ties with your romantic partner will help you lead a rounded life and get your priorities right.
4 – Join a club or group. Mingling with others who have shared interests brings a sense of excitement and wonder into your life. You can counter-balance time spent alone or working too much by joining a social group.
5 – Get comfortable with saying no. Accept that you can’t please everyone 100% of the time. This gives you the freedom to do what you enjoy most.
6 – Find at least one cause you believe in. Invest your energies into something that holds great importance to you and taps into the kind, caring, and active sides of your personality.
7 – Allow yourself a few hours of alone time each week. Time alone to ponder how your life is going or to partake in your favourite activity helps keep you centred.
8 – Read books. There’s still nothing greater than curling up on the couch or outside under a tree to read a book. Reading can be educational, entertaining and relaxing.
9 – Listen to music you enjoy each day. You’ll feel a little bit of joy when you listen to your favourite tunes and this will help counteract any negativity that’s trying to make its way in.
10 – Take lessons in something you’d like to learn. As you age, it’s imperative to continue learning new things.
11 – Choose a skill or talent and excel at it. A healthy self-esteem is necessary if you want to keep your life in sync. You’ll feel good when you cultivate something you’re really great at.
12 – Ensure you have a handful of close friends. They’ll give you honest feedback and be there when you need them. Friends keep you grounded!
13 – Plan regular date nights with your partner. Do whatever is necessary to protect and preserve the love you share.
14 – Acknowledge what you’re grateful for each day. Take a few minutes each day to reflect on everything you’ve been blessed with. Recognising the goodness in your life will keep you in touch with your incredible riches.
15 – Pray or meditate to find peace and calm in the morning. Maintain balance by creating your own sense of tranquility as each day begins.
16 – Help someone who needs it. Be willing to help someone requiring assistance, whether you know them or not.
17 – Ask for advice or help when you need it. Although it can be tough to reach out, when you do, you’ll feel the love and care that others have for you.
18 – Step out of your comfort zone. If your partner suggests taking a ballroom dancing class and the thought terrifies you, just go for it! You can reach into another realm of your psyche and explore something outside your comfort zone. You might surprise yourself.
19 – Keep a journal of your feelings. Get in touch with your own feelings, so you can live a life of equilibrium. The journal will help you learn to understand and better manage your feelings.
20 – Compliment a colleague. When you compliment someone on their work, you’re consistently reminded that others are striving to create their best life possible, just like you. Strive to give compliments on a daily basis.
21 – Explore a topic you’re interested in. You’ll stay excited about life.
22 – Call and visit your parents regularly. It’s comforting to be with and talk to those who’ve known you all of your life.
23 – Write your own work goals and then achieve them. Goals that you design are a lot more important to you than those that others create for you.
24 – Get enough rest and sleep so you can have the best days possible. When you sleep well, you wake up energised and refreshed, so you can deal with whatever the day brings.
25 – Accept that slow and steady wins the race. It’s unnecessary to be ahead of everyone else in all aspects of your life, but it might be helpful to keep plugging away until you accomplish something you’re working for personally.
The original version of this blog post first appeared on The Time Doctor website. Mike Gardner, The Time Doctor, is passionate about helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals like you free up two hours a day so that you can work on your business, rather than in it, and still have time to spend with family and friends or on leisure activities.
You can click here to visit The Time Doctor website and download Mike’s free e-book “20 Top Time Management Tips”.