One of the things that I learned as a student at The Pankey Institute was the concept of balance. Learning something and actually putting it into regular practice are two very different concepts. Over the last ten years what I have come to understand is that I will always be “Working At Balance” in my life. There are days, weeks and even months that life is very skewed in the direction of work. There are other times. like now, that it is very skewed int he direction of family. Multiple days this week I have rushed out the door at the office leaving the rest of the team behind to finish up and close the day because of Lacrosse games that I didn’t want to miss.
For me, this is the norm, and it works. Implementing the concept of balance was about having it be top of mind, a concept I am aware of and work to accomplish, versus something that happens beyond my consciousness and without choice. I have added things to my list to balance, like time for myself. You may have others that are key pieces of being fulfilled, content and happy. You get to say where you will spend your time, energy and heart, and how that pie gets divided.
So the question I’d ask, is how much of your time, energy and heart gets grabbed by activities that aren’t of interest and importance to you. Often it is the things that simply occur as most urgent that get our attention and keep us occupied. Identify the things that are important and create a way to get them back into your life in a significant way. Next expect that things will ebb and flow in and out of balance and you will have to re-prioritize, often!!!