Work hard, play hard

#balancingact

The biggest challenge I’ve had to deal with lately is setting a calendar that gives me a decent work-life balance. There is only so much a person can do to be 100% on top of things all the time. However, if you have a good work-life balance, the imperfections are not as difficult as they seem.

1. Maintain a planner.
Update your calendar frequently so each of your work tasks and social responsibilities fit generously within your 7-day stretch of events. Over-booking and scheduling too many things within a certain timeframe can be dangerous. A well-utilized planner can make a world of difference to someone in need of balance and composure.

2. Prioritize.
Know your “whys” and “why nots” – if this is not buttoned up in your life, then you tend to lose sight of the reasoning behind your whole work structure. Make time outside of work to laugh, think, and cry with people that make life worth living. Isn’t that the reason why you’re working so hard in the first place? To earn a living, pave a future, or show someone that you appreciate the skills and techniques they taught you.

3. Manage the clock.
Time management is easily one of the most overlooked areas in a person’s life. This does not require you to wear a watch everywhere you go, but it does require you to be mindful of the clock. Personal and social down time are a must. Take advantage of meeting cancellations and remember that if an opportunity is missed professionally or socially, you have other doors to walk through in your journey.

4. Appreciate a content-filled life.
Pause and think about everything you have accomplished in the past year, 6-months, month, and/or week. It’s easy to lose sight of your achievements when you’re constantly thinking about what’s coming up next. Even if a situation does not end the way you anticipate it will, appreciate your lessons and takeaways.

5. It’s not all he said, she said.
It’s easy to point fingers at someone when things go wrong, but sometimes it’s not always their fault. You have full rights and ownership over your calendar. ‘No’ is a word in the dictionary, and you are allowed to use it every once in a while. You have a choice to change your circumstance, it may involve other people and their feedback, but ultimately it is up to your discretion. If you’re going to blame someone for your problems and busy schedule, blame yourself.

Life sequences through billions of events every day, just make sure you know how to balance out your schedule. All work and no play is no way to live. If you work as hard as you play, though, life will show you its full potential.

Focus on Transformation

#changefocus

What is change? It drives us crazy, helps us adapt, and gives us something to look forward to on a daily basis. As told by the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, “Change is the only constant in life.” There are three notable points to be mindful of regarding the topic of change:

  • It is demanding
  • It is out of your control
  • It is good for the soul

Change is challenging. It will push you to your highest limits. You will go through phases of constant change, and phases of slow change. From earning a job promotion, to losing someone you love, to moving or relocating from home. Each phase has levels of excitement, hesitation, and anxiety. Change that creates challenges is difficult, which is why it is beneficial to carefully assess its risks and opportunities, in order to fully overcome the transition.

Change is uncontrollable. It’s going to occur even if you do everything in your power to prevent it from happening. Accept the inevitable, and make sure you’re prepared for it to transpire. You have the upper hand by being aware that change is coming so adapt and create a plan of action. Change will run its course, just don’t let it control you, your awareness, and ability to adjust to life’s circumstances.

Change is healthy. Stagnancy can have a negative impact on your overall mental, physical, and emotional health. Under the big three, falls the spiritual, social, and environmental components of health. Each of these require time and effort on a daily, hourly, and weekly basis. Life without action is dead. People need to constantly seek movement for the sake of their health and well-being. Change allows you to put your verbs to use by praying, traveling, and doing new things that enrich your soul.

For each breath you breathe, focus on transformation. The demands, fluctuation, and conditions are constant. However, your ability to process and grow after each situation will help you change for the better.