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Get Your Life In Balance! - A Positive Statement, Issue #013
March 16, 2011

Featured Affirmation:

I choose to commit to myself and create balance in my life.

Positive Statements on Balance:

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
-Dr. Seuss

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
-Maria Robinson

“Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself.”
-Jessye Norman

Redefining Balance

When most people think of balance they picture the arduous task of spending equal time at work and with their family and with their loved one and with their community and on their housekeeping chores and on their health and on their intellect and on leisure and on hobbies and on and on and on.

Well, I’m sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but there are only 24-hours in the day. That definition of balance has to go.

Here in the confines of e-mail I would like to announce my proposal for a new definition of balance. Balance is being where you are at when you are there. It is that simple. If you are at work, be at work, be focused efficient and productive. When you are at play, really play, put your whole heart and your whole mind into it. If your work has to take up more time due to a big project or set deadline, that is okay; however, when work stops, allow it to stop. Do not drag its stresses and worries home with you to the dinner table, or even worse, the bedroom.

To incorporate this new definition of balance into your life, I have a few suggestions, call them tips for not tipping over:
  • Set your work hours and stick to them. If your work calls for 8-hour days, great. If it is 10-hours days, that’s okay too. Just make sure that you have a target start and stop time that you guard with the fierceness of a mama bear defending her cub.

  • Create a master to-do list. Our thoughts tend to wander when we are trying to remember everything we need to do at home while we are at work and everything for work while we are at home. Take time to remove the pesky to-do’s from your thoughts and put them onto paper. All of them.

  • Create a prioritized list of 5 – 6 daily tasks to complete. That is your focus for the day. Work through the first, move onto the second and so on.

  • At the end of your workday, create tomorrow’s task list. That way, when you leave the office, you can leave behind projects knowing that you have already thought through what needs to get accomplished tomorrow.

  • Lastly, choose one activity that is a “me” activity, something special that you enjoy to let the day’s stresses go and re-center to your life. Commit to take time for this activity each day. It could be 5-minutes of deep breathing, meditation, listening to a favorite piece of music on your way home, talking the dog for a 15-minute walk or anything else that calms your mind and gives you energy. Cooking dinner is my way to ease into the evening and away from the pressures of the day.
  • By planning and giving your mind a way to reduce clutter, you are reducing stress which lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. That is good balance for all concerned.

    Be well, be present, be engaged, be balanced and be where you are at when you are there.

    ***Learn more about creating a balanced life***
    Join me for our first ever FREE Teleseminar: Redefining Balance
    When: Wednesday, March 30th 12:30PM Pacific Time


    Journal Exercise:

    What “me” activity do I enjoy that gives me energy, reduces stress and that I can commit time to each day?
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