With many various aspects in an individuals every day life, things can get complicated and messy. It is very easy to neglect important parts of everyday life as we tend to get carried away into habitual routines. A common example is if someone spends too much of their time focusing on work to the point that their partner and/or children rarely see them, let alone spend quality time. I completely understand we all get caught up in a busy schedule and the day just disappears. But life isn’t just about one variable. It’s the many things that come together to create a fulfilled and meaningful life!
If you believe you are dedicating too much time to one thing and want to become better at spending quality time in other areas of your life, then the word prioritise needs to be understood. A priority is something that is deemed more important and relevant to you than other tasks, objects and even relationships. By understanding to prioritise from most, to least relevant/important, you can be on your way to achieving a more effective balance in life.
Before you look into this further, grab your smart phone or a pen and a piece of paper. Write down every aspect in your life right now. It can be work, relationship, family, hobbies etc. Anything you spend time doing, or that is considered important to you. Now, rank that list from the most vital to least important. What you will now have is a written down structure of what you should spend the most amount of time on, to the variable you don’t feel concerned about neglecting.
Now you have an idea of your priorities, you need to decide how much time you are willing to put into each of these on a daily basis. Lets say ‘James’ believes work is the most important task in his life. He will simply identify how many hours per day he works and he will subtract that from 24 hours (If he works 9-5, he will work 8 hours which will leave him with 16 hours left in the day). Then ‘James’ can figure out what is the next most important, figure that out and so forth until he has no more time left in the day!
There you have it. It is very short, simple and to the point. If you want to get better at balancing your life, you need to identify what is important to you and what is a waste of time. You then need to order them in a prioritised list from most, to least important. Once that is done, you must figure out how much time you would like to spend on each of these aspects. That is how you can successfully achieve a successful balance within life.