I love to work. I love my job and I actually enjoy being busy over
relaxing. So naturally, I used to be someone who lived a very unbalanced
I used to think that spending more time working would make me
better at my job, and lead to success. However, after shifting my
lifestyle, I realized that taking steps towards having balance leads to more
success and happiness.
To me, balance means that you free up headspace to allow for more
growth and success in all areas of your life, including professional.
Today I'm going to share some tips on
how to achieve balance in your life:
Prioritize your happiness: I'd like you
to list your priorities for me right now. Where do YOU fall on the list? Who
and what are you prioritizing over your own happiness? A year ago, I found that
I wasn't focusing on my own happiness at all. Happiness was a coincidence,
something that happened when things went well, or when I did something fun. But
it wasn't a goal of mine. Once you prioritize your own
happiness, you'll make changes in your life that you should've made a long time
2) Exercise: Physical
activity is key to your physical and mental health. If the weather is warm
enough and you like to run, make time to go outside. Being out in the world
(away from your desk) for 30 minutes a day is rejuvenating. Going to the gym is
also fun -- I love to lift weights and challenge myself. Working out makes me
feel a sense of accomplishment right at the start of my day.
3) Diversify your
activities/interests: Focusing on one thing and one thing alone is
unhealthy. If you have a full-time job that you love, like I do, it's still
important that you focus on other things. Otherwise, you'll find yourself burnt
out. If you only have one focus, you'll go up and down with the highs and lows
of that focus. You'll have no outlet or distraction to escape from it. This
year I started spending my free time writing my novel and starting this blog.
Both have become creative outlets that have enriched my life and brought me
happiness. I also have been painting and reading a lot more.
4) Develop strategies to be
more efficient at work: I know what you're thinking, how can I have
time to do all of this?? The answer is you do have the time. You just have to
become more efficient at work, which in fact leads to better quality work. When
I was spending countless hours working before, I was not delegating properly,
and not creating a realistic schedule for myself during the workday. Now, every
morning, I make a schedule that considers the hours I have in the day, and
abide by it. I work fast, prioritizing tasks appropriately, delegating, and
asking for help where I need it. Just a note that I also think working
efficiently comes with time. Now that I've mastered the tasks at my job I spend
less time deciding what needs to be done and more time executing.
5) Meditate: I know,
I know. It's cliche. But meditating has changed my life. Check out my post on "Meditation Benefits and Tips for Beginners"
for some tips on how to start meditating. Taking this time for yourself (and it
doesn't have to be a long time!) is key to happiness and understanding more
6) Find Joy in Learning New
Things: If you're annoyed with having to learn a new task at work,
shift your perspective. Aren't you lucky to have the luxury to learn new
things? I love new challenges at work. I have also started listening to more
podcasts and reading with the intention of learning new things. Before this
year, I was so singularly focused that I didn't make time to appreciate the
work I was doing, and all the expertise I was gaining at my job.
Creating balance is a journey, and one
that will never be perfect. Of course I still work on weekends sometimes, of
course I don't exercise every single day. But the key is taking small steps to
change your life.
Comment if you have tips on how you
maintain balance in YOUR life! Or ask a question about how you can become more
balanced. I'd love to hear from you!
Labels: Balance, goals, Happiness, Meditation, mental health, success, Work-life balance