Monday, 9 October 2017
Time often seems something hard to come by.
You need time for everything, and yet it always seems to be running away from you.
But as you cannot create extra hours, you can manage how you use them. And that requires some good balancing skills.
Honestly, I think we all struggle to find a good balance between work, play, exercise, rest, socialising, and everything else. We all know of the triangle that states 'pick two' when it comes to working, socialising and sleeping. And often it really does feel like that. Like you undoubtedly must sacrifice something in order to succeed in other areas. But that really shouldn't be how it is. I think we're often too set on achieving our goals really quickly and therefore believe we should focus all of our energy on one or two things, instead of taking a little longer to get there and caring about our overall wellbeing.
Balance is the most important thing.
Sure, you want to move on up in your line of work. Sure, you want to achieve your fitness goals. Sure, you want to network and make time for all your different friends. But ultimately, are these goals, and your desire to achieve them as soon as possible, becoming detrimental to your fundamental welfare? Sometimes you really need to take a step back and ask yourself that question.
It might be your health that's suffering, your brain from overwork, your whole body from lack of rest. Maybe your personal relationships are suffering, or your work from trying too hard to do too much.
But I think we can still have everything.
There seems no need to substitute certain areas of our lives in order to achieve more in one area. It's time to reevaluate, to look across the board and realise: all these different areas are important and none of them should be neglected to benefit another.
Balance may not seem easy, it may be frustrating or seem as though it's holding you back. But it is the best thing for you. It's important to make time for everything. Even if the first step is just a 15 minute phone catch up with one of your best friends, or a half an hour walk around your local area. Balance is actually far more about the little things, the small, perhaps seemingly insignificant things, that ultimately restore order and equilibrium to your life.
You can bring balance into your life in a lot of different ways. Personally, I think time management is the way forward. I like to write out a to-do list everyday, stating what I plan to get done, and working in most, if not all, the different areas of my life. It might literally say, 'work 9.30-6; text xyz to see how they are; walk to the bus stop further away to catch the bus home; get an early night'. It's honestly that simple, and it makes it really easy to start off with those easy, seemingly insignificant steps. But they add a balance to you life. You get to work, sleep, socialise, and exercise. A bit of everything and it's really not as hard as it may seem.
So take a little time out to reevaluate and restore balance to your day-to-day happenings.
You won't regret it.
Until next time.