Are you giving too much at work and too little in your personal life? The question haunts us, creating stress in and of itself. Is balance really attainable in our busy, overworked society? If so, how do we achieve it? We asked a panel of experts to share their perspectives. Read on to learn more.
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Change your mindset
Asking whether you can balance work and life is the wrong question. Just by asking that, you’re assuming there’s not enough time for both, that you have to make tradeoffs, that you have to sacrifice somewhere. If you’re thinking to yourself, “that’s all true!” then that is part of your problem. With that perspective, you’ll never be satisfied. As long as you’re giving up something you want, you won’t feel “balanced.”
You don’t have to live in a fantasy world to shift your perspective. No one has more than 24 hours in a day, but some people can navigate their schedule without struggle and tradeoffs. I bet you even know some of them. What do they know that the rest of us don’t?
To step around the struggle, you have to change your mindset to one of abundance. This can be challenging at first, but it’s absolutely possible. What if you approached your day with the belief that you had enough time to get everything done that mattered? That you were one of those who navigated your day effortlessly and with ease. Give it a try. Whenever you feel stressed or rushed, remember that you have enough time to get everything done.
It also helps to evaluate what really needs to get done. Most people I know have a to-do list. Even if you got everything on your to-do list complete, would you be any closer to a balanced and meaningful life? Would you be any closer to your career ambitions? No! Put your time and focus on what really matters, on what will move the needle. And if something has been on your to-do list for more than 2 weeks, take it off. It’s just adding to the endless list of work that hangs over your head. If you want to be really bold, throw away your whole to-do list!
Work expands to fill the time allotted to it. By shifting your perspective to one of abundance, and focusing on the items that really matter, you will find a new sense of ease and flow in your time. It doesn’t require trade-off and sacrifice, and others will look at you and wonder how you did it.
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