Spring is finally in sight so it’s the perfect time to refresh and refocus, shaking off those winter blues.
This month the focus is on daily work and healthy habits; personal development can be a new path to feeling your absolute best and now is the time to devote attention to your wellbeing whilst getting things done – it’s about balance.
There it is; that word again, balance. That word that makes you sick, fearful, angry, and calm all at once.
It’s easy enough saying we need to live with it but knowing how to, with such busy schedules, is tough, right?!
So it’s all well and good knowing you need to tick off the to-do list while eating well, exercising, nurturing relationships, relaxing and doing your best at work…but knowing how to handle everything without feeling overwhelmed can seem easier said than done.
It’s about energy…and how you use it.
To put it simply, we have things on our to-do lists that use up our energy, so it is vital that we make time for things that restore our energy too – this is how we conquer balance.
Doing too much of either thing will only lead to stress in some form or another; on one end of the spectrum is being completely and utterly burnt out and on the other end there’s the anxiety of getting nothing done at all.
The answer? We must create a flexible routine that enables us to chip away at all of our tasks while making time to unwind and recharge…
…and we must give all of these activities the same level of importance.
So, how to use your energy correctly…
Start by writing down ALL of your tasks for the coming week; from work duties, home chores, relationship commitments and your relaxation ‘musts’, get every single thing that you need to do for the week out of your head and onto paper.
(tip: spider diagrams work great if you need to break your list into these sections – and highlighting or colouring in tasks as you go helps you visually see your progression)
Then as you work your way through the day, you simply choose a task to tick off, that matches your levels of energy.
You need to complete that big assignment but you’ve woken up feeling groggy and tired. Leave it, take a bath to restore your energy or tackle a more simple task like making those overdue phone calls.
You’re spending valuable time looking after yourself and building your energy up, or your tackling easier, more manageable tasks which still make the to-do list smaller.
The next day you’ve come back from your exercise class feeling fully awake and energised…
NOW is the time to crack on with that big assignment, it’ll take you half the time to complete and the outcome will be of quality!
Living a balanced life is about making time by using your energy wisely.
Use your ‘high energy’ moments to get the big jobs done and your ‘low energy’ moments to tend to the needs of your wellbeing…
…and life should start feeling just that little bit easier!