Much of this blog and my brand has been focused on anxiety and balancing. In fact, one may argue that your twenties itself is a balancing act of itself. For a while now, I have been struggling to find balance in my life in many areas. I have come a long way from who I was when I started this blog, and I’d like to think I’ve gotten better as I got older.
Many of you know that I am a huge fan of Dave Ramsey and one day while listening to his podcast, I was listening to it, and heard Christy’s pitch for her new book, Take Back Your Time: The Guilt Free Guide To Life Balance. She was advertising a great deal for the pre-order, which included access to the live event, audiobook, an e-book, and the actual book. I got to watch the live, and I gained so much from it, that I wanted to share what I learned with my readers.
Real Balance Is Not an Even Spilt: Many of us – myself included – think that true balance is a 50/50 split or doing everything an equal amount of time. Christy said that is not the case, and the more that I think about it, the more that I agree that it is true. So, from now on, I am avoiding that mindset where balance is doing everything evenly.
Being More Productive Does Not Lead To Life Balance: We all can agree that we are doing too many things. In my case, it’s balancing a social life, working a full time job, managing my blog and it’s social media profiles, and cleaning the house. Christy pointed out that we can’t just do everything in every season of life. And, I couldn’t help but agree. I wake up so early as it is to balance working out and just to have a few moments of ‘me’ time before the day begins. However, I don’t need to get up any earlier just to achieve more throughout the day.
Life Balance Is Doing The Right Things At the Right Time: Previously, I alluded that we just can’t do everything and being more productive does not lead to balance. The alternative, according to Christy, is to do the right things at the right time. For instance, we may be in a season of life when we need to focus on one area instead of the other. An example in my own life is Blogtober. If you know what Blogtober is, it’s basically writing a blog post every day during the month of October. When you work full time, it can be tricky balancing other hobbies, so I know that I will be busy doing the two. I know that I will likely neglect some of my other responsibilities, such as house work, but I am okay with that.
Be More Present: Christy said that many people that who are more present are happier. Who knew? This means putting the phone down and living in the moment. For me, this means doing one task at a time and putting the phone down so I can enjoy a show or focus completely at the task at hand.
Protect What Matters So That the Calendar Represents What Matters: I made a list of the things that mattered. Mine included: making time for working out, Lucy, and self care, just to name a few. This way, I can focus on what does, and leave out what does not. That said, I still make sure my job always comes as a top priority, but I also want to protect the things I enjoy doing as well. For me, this means that if it conflicts with it, I will say no.
There Are Four Common Causes To Life Inbalance: Doing Too Much, Not Doing Enough, Doing the Wrong Things and Not Doing The Right Things.
Now, I have not read the book, and I am sure that I will get to it soon. That said, I highly recommend checking this book out, as I am sure that it contains content that has the same materials.
How do you have life balance? Let me know in the comments below.