Work, kids, marriage, a home. How do you do it? I don’t know about you, but that is a question I get fairly often. While inside I am questioning how well “I do it,” I have to accept the compliment and extend myself the grace. I am “doing it.” The reality is finding balance is not easy but possible. It quite honestly is a necessity.
Everyday demands can leave your head spinning about what direction to turn next. If only you could find a way to feel like you were hitting each pitch as it came in instead of a swing and a miss each day? Just like myself, I bet you are not giving yourself enough credit for what you actually accomplish each day. There is a way to leave yourself with no question as to how productive you really were.
I have found the best way to take on the tasks of all my roles is to plan ahead, write it out, assign a time, adhere, and move on.
Let’s break that down a little further for practical purposes.
–Plan Ahead: Make a list (brain dump) what all needs to be done, complete with deadlines if they exist or how often they need to be repeated.
–Write It Out: Keep it simple. Place these task on a paper calendar or digital organizer whichever is your preference.
–Assign A Time: Anything that does not have a clear-cut deadline should be assigned one. Things that aren’t as strict or pressing tend to linger. Anything that lingers is unnecessary stress and weight you are carrying. Give that task a due date, so it is done hanging out in the “someday.”
–Adhere: Stick to it girl, period. If life just doesn’t allow something to be completed as planned take a look at your calendar, find an appropriate slot and slip it into your schedule as soon as possible. No sweat!
–Move on: This has to be the most freeing step of them all. Approach each day and give it the attention you assigned for that day and then be done.
Each day, break it down, handle the daily “musts,” tackle a chunk of the bigger stuff and give yourself a healthy cutoff time each day. Then tomorrow, do it again. Every day will end with a feeling of accomplishment.
Change is not easy. The establishment of new routines is bumpy for everyone, but as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. While perfection is definitely not what we’re looking for, balance is. Finding a focused balance through a slow but steady approach will allow you to see how productive you really are. You can finally give yourself the credit you so deserve!
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