There’s always another level of balance and proficiency in managing your life. Here are five strategies to help you achieve it:
Decide why you need more balance and what it means to you. What exactly would that mean to you – can you describe in detail what it would be like and feel like? Define what balance means to you and block and protect time in your life so you can achieve it.
Remove Distractions. Most people aren’t “out of balance,” they’re in distraction. TV, internet and social networks take away hours of their time, which adds to hours per week and years of life wasted. So, get rid of those things that aren’t adding real value, depth or joy to your life.
Say no. Every yes tacks on time to your life’s agenda, always taking away from something else. If you lose hours of your life pleasing people or responding to people’s false emergencies, then your life quickly falls out of balance. Learn to say no and do not apologize for it.
Hit your mark. When you say you’re going to spend an hour on the phone with someone, but you spend 75 minutes—there’s 15 minutes of bleed time. The more often you go too long on your meetings, promises or conversations, the more you lose time. Set a time and stick to it. That’s integrity and discipline, and that’s how to get your life back.
Improve your health. If you want more balance in your life, then invest in your well-being. Sleep well and meditate so you can be more focused, efficient and effective during the day. If you feel more physically energized each day, you’ll have more power to stay focused, say no, and manage your time.
Try all these things and suddenly a renewed sense of vitality will enter your days and you’ll start to experience The Charged Life.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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