Create Work-Life Balance in 4 Simple Steps
As adults with endless priorities, it’s safe to say we’re busy people. Balancing work, family, friends and “me” time can be challenging, and it can be really difficult to find a happy medium.
As a result, an overwhelming amount of us fall into a routine that prioritizes our career or family goals, and we end up sweeping our other hopes and dreams under the rug to be dealt with in our spare time.
That poses one big problem — spare time is hard to come by. So what do we do?
It’s all about actively seeking out balance.
“Balance is so important, regardless of your professional or personal situation. The stress that comes from having a full schedule of activities and responsibilities that don’t align with your passions can wear even the strongest person down,” says Darcy Luoma, life coach, motivational speaker and founder of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting LLC.
Do you find yourself spending too much time on tasks you don’t love? It may be time to rethink your priorities and start balancing your life approach.
Follow Darcy’s model on finding the perfect work-life balance to gain harmony and escape from stress in your life. Just doing these four simple things will help free up the time you need to pursue your passions and do the things that make you happy.
Define what’s important. “First, identify the values that are most important to you. This may seem unrelated to balance, but it’s the most important step! Once you are clear on your values, it’s easy to determine priorities for how you spend your time and energy.”
Set boundaries. “Are you great at getting things done for others but have a hard time taking time for yourself? Know that YOU are just as important as all of the other responsibilities in life. Finding balance is all about learning to say no to anything that doesn’t fit with your values and top priorities.”
Have the courage to say ‘no.’ “Saying no feels hard at first, but it’s a muscle you can flex and strengthen. Always remember that not saying ‘no’ is actually saying yes to something that doesn’t align with your values. You only have so much time each day!”
Align your actions with your values. “Stress and imbalance are often caused by spending your energy on things that aren’t aligned with your priorities. Once you get used to setting strong boundaries, saying ‘no’ to things that don’t align with your priorities and putting your own needs first, you’ll feel so much more fulfillment and balance in everyday life.”
Taking a step back to evaluate these key factors can really help refocus you on your dream pursuit and help boost your happiness. So what’re you waiting for? It’s time to create your ideal work-life balance.
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