the importance of life balance

I truly love being a busy bee!! Having too much free time is never good for me – I get lazy and eat too much junk food. However, as much as I love being busy, it’s important to keep in mind there’s a fine line between being busy and being too busy. Seems to me, if I feel this way, some of you probably do, too.

Having a well balanced life is key to personal happiness. I’m a believer that if you’re stressed at work, it will lead to stress at home, which leads to stress in your social life…and it can become a big, stressful snowball! But, looking at the glass half full, I’m ALSO a believer that if you’re happy at work, it can flow over into other areas of your life. Balancing your time and energy equally among different areas of your life is a great way to ensure your snowball stays happy, not stressful.

life balance reading

I did a lot of reading and reflection about life balance during my blogging break. Learning how to manage everything on your plate is critical for mental and physical health. For those of you interested in reading up on balance, the posts I enjoyed the most are:

the high points / key takeaways

  • Life balance doesn’t have to be black and white – you can take a personal call at work and you can answer a work email at home – just make sure there is balance. (Note: this is only applicable if you’re in a professional environment that is on board – don’t let me get you in trouble for taking a personal call while at the office!!)
  • No one is perfect, so don’t stress about NOT being perfect
  • Know how much you can handle, then don’t hesitate to say no
  • Ask for help when you need it! You know those coworkers, friends, or family members who always say “let me know if I can help”?! There’s a good chance they actually mean it!!
  • Schedule a “power hour” or “power day” – tackle all of your necessary, but annoying, to dos at once!
  • Make a schedule…and stick with it
  • Become comfortable with the notion that every minute of every day does NOT have to be spent productively
  • “Me time” is just as important (if not more important) than checking things off your to do list

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To close out this post, I’m going to leave you with a challenge. What can you do right now to give yourself more life balance? Maybe it’s tweaking your plans for the day so you can have some “me time”. Or, maybe it’s asking a coworker for help with getting an assignment completed on time. Whatever it is – commit to it right now!

Life balance is not something we can achieve overnight. It will constantly be a work in progress, as our lives are constantly evolving. However, keep in mind, NONE of us are perfect, and that’s a-okay!!

Lots of love – ked

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16 thoughts to “the importance of life balance”

    1. Courtney – I was TOTALLY there about a month ago! Isn’t it crazy how hard it is to find life balance, but how easy it is to get unbalanced?! Sending you all of the balanced wishes 🙂 🙂

  1. I can’t even tell you how much I needed this post right now! I’m like you, I live being busy, and my career definitely keeps me busy, but sometimes I get too busy, and my personal life suffers because of it. I need to take time out for myself and remember what’s really important!

    1. Jane – I’m so, sooo happy to hear that this post came at the perfect time for you!! 100% take some time for yourself in the next few day! 🙂

  2. I saved this article so I can come back to it. This is the message that I really needed to hear today. I think I might try a power hour so that I’m not obsessing over my blog all day long!

    1. Melissa – I’ve really come to love the idea of a power hour / day! It’s so nice to check off multiple things on your to do list!

  3. I definitely need to work on a schedule and sticking to it. Now that my oldest is back in school that’s going to be one of my main priorities.

    1. Patricia – Sending you lots of scheduling well wishes 🙂 🙂 And YAY for your oldest going back to school!

  4. this post is so relevant and needs to be read by most working adults. Sometimes we get sucked into the working life and making money we very rarely give ourselves a well deserved break to just enjoy life for a minute and count our blessing!

    1. Nazrin – I couldn’t agree more – sometimes the things that DON’T make us a dime are the most important 🙂

  5. To give myself more life balance I need to stick to my planner! It’s easy for my ‘to-do’s’ to be all over the place! I normally do a “power hour” at work in which I knock out all my dreaded projects for the day. It truly does help!

    1. Dyana – YAY for power hours!! I love checking off multiple things on my to do list!

  6. I really agree with having a life balance. Maintaining blogs, work, and a social calendar can get exhausting. I religiously braindump on Sunday’s into my planner so that I am organized. I also color code my tasks so I can keep track of how much personal time I have to just be.

    1. Courtney – Color coding your tasks is SUCH a great idea! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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