A life in balance: Easier said than done.Certainly today with all the demands of work and beyond. Information continuously flows into your life. Opportunities to discover all sorts of news have never been so abundant.
If you do not set limits yourself, you can be exhausted, overworked and even burnt out for a longer period of time.
How can you cope with this challenge? With various coaching clients I have already discussed solutions that turn out to work.But also for myself it is often a daunting task to find resting points in the grinding flow of life. Especially if I don’t like the following habits.
1.Set clear boundaries for your day
Put limits in your day to keep work and rest in balance.So you can agree with yourself to no longer work after a certain hour (for some 19h, for others maybe 21h).And also during your workday, you should read breaks in order to stay sharp and recharge energy.Step away from your computer and sniff some fresh air on for example.
2.Ensure sufficient energy
In order to stand strong enough against the demands that life poses to you, you need energy.You already know the three foundations: enough sleep, healthy eating and enough exercise.But do you also do them all three? If you don’t eat healthy enough or move enough, you start feeling more tense and you have less energy. It becomes more difficult to make decisions and take action. If you have insufficient sleep, you will feel more stressed and have more negative thoughts in you. Be honest with yourself and see how you deal with these three foundations. Can you improve something?Take another small action today.
Read more about an unusual tip to get more done in your day (link to my blog)
3.Listen to yourself
If you find yourself feeling irritated, tired and uninspired, listen to those feelings: take time to care for yourself.Do something you know it relaxes and recharges you. “Sometimes The most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest,” said Ashleigh Brilliant.No one will reward you to walk against the wall and get burnt. Also be kind to yourself.
Extra: Ask yourself these questions
These questions will bring you more clarity and focus.Even if you’re busy and you’re checking email for the tenth time that day, ask them.
Will this action be even more important in 5 years?
Or about 5 months? Or even about 5 weeks?
Does this action bring me closer to my goal?
Why do I do this?
What are my four top priorities in my life?How does it stand today?
What is one thing I can do to find a healthier balance in how I spend my time and energy?
These small steps will help you on your way.
Source: “More time in 12 steps.”
This question is very general; Is it about studying, work, writing a book, household,?
-You have to be efficient: do not spend too much time on side cases, so that the whole does not come off.
Example: A language course consisting of three thick folders, with a professional dictionary and e.g.12 CDs. In Chapter 1 The course is far too deep in all sorts of exceptions, then there is a time-consuming test, etc.
Therefore, many people usually do not go beyond Chapter 4 for example, and throw the little axe down.I myself think you can better use a simple and concise booklet, with a number of standard phrases, e.g. The language guide for tourists, that way it all seems easy to bite, and you make it off. The same thing you see for example in piano lessons, swimming lessons: The teacher wants to do it too well, causing by all sorts of causes, then a lesson falls out, then one is sick, then the holiday, ultimately can NOT swim, and not even a little can play the piano. Too much time went to details in the beginning. Refinement comes later.
But I wander off quite well.
Apply the 80/20 rule.Perfection takes time and energy, so one can better settle for 80% perfection. The last 20% to perfection cost again 80% of the time. Almost twice as much time and energy for a reasonably small improvement.
This principle is called the Pareto principle:
He established that 80% of the possessions in Italy were owned by 20% of the Italian population.
Joseph Juran discovered that the 80-20 ratio is applicable to many aspects and generalized the rule by stating that 80% of the outcomes can be explained by 20% of the causes.For instance, in a school classroom 20% of children can cause 80% of the noise, while in the chemical industry 20% of the processes produce 80% of the emissions. By knowing this, one can increase the efficiency of the problem approach by focusing immediately on those 20%. This principle was further elaborated and applied by Dorian Shainin and Keki Bhote: By focusing on the variable that has the greatest influence, one can efficiently tackle a problem.
In the media the Paretoprincipe comes to the attention of weblogs: 80% of the people visit 20% of the blogs.