A Tangible Way to Balance Your Life

balanceYou may relate to this: work – life balance is something the two of us struggle to maintain. We love our work. We have fun doing it, at least most of the time.

But it’s still important to get time away.

Even within our personal and professional lives, it’s important to maintain balance. When you do the same thing over and over, it can wear on you after awhile.

That’s something we don’t often think about when it comes to life balance. It’s balancing the types of things we do.

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Balancing by type

When looking at your to-do list for the day, have you balanced different types of activities? For example, can you combine things that require you to sit at your computer and type with things that allow you to get away from it and think?

Variety keeps life more interesting. It keeps your mind engaged.

If you can’t do it with your work, you can do it by simply stepping outside for a few minutes and really taking in everything you can.

Balancing by payoff

But there’s another consideration about balance that we often don’t think about.

For a lot of professionals, much of the work we do doesn’t necessarily yield immediate tangible results. We see the results over a period of time. However, it doesn’t pack the same punch as a project where you can see the payoff immediately.

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georgeHere’s an example of that. When I had my real world businesses, I’d make decisions that sometimes took months, even years, for the true result to materialize. I remember painting a room one weekend. It felt so good. I got to see the impact of my work within minutes.

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marylynnWhile it doesn’t seem like fun to many people, I get that sense of instant gratification from doing household chores like vacuuming and mopping the floor. The before and after is always great to see.

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Our point is that it’s helpful to look at the activities you perform at work and at home to try to achieve some balance within them.

If your work produces intangible results in the short-run, try balancing it with activities at home that create quick tangible results. It will give you the mojo to keep plugging on longer term projects. It will help you reach bigg success.

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(Image in today's post by jan-willem)

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