Life Balance Tips + Tricks
Many years ago I finally started to practice the fine art of saying "No". It's not easy. In fact, saying no, knowing and respecting my own boundaries, respecting myself enough to value myself - getting to the saying no part is actually quite tough. But it's worth it - because being able to even semi-master a work/life balance makes all the effort worthwhile.
Ah, the elusive balance...lemme show you some tips I've enjoyed over the years:
1. THROW OUT STRESS
There's very little room to be successful by feeling overwhelmed because it leads to shutting down and burning-out. Knowing what to throw out when it is no longer suiting you can be made easier with regular life clean-out via your stress list.
2. LEAD YOUR LIFE WITH GOALS
If every task you complete and every action you perform is done with goal alignment in mind you'll shoot towards your goals faster then you ever thought possible. This is focus. This is manifesting. This will cut A LOT of unnecessary crap out of your life.
3. SCHEDULE TIME TO SUCCEED
Now that you are feeling the effect of some major small wins by doing number 1 + 2 you are far more confident in yourself than where we started. You are in a place where you feel unburdened and therefore you are able to value yourself again because you cleared out the things that were blocking you from taking care of yourself. Scheduling time to succeed could have multiple meanings. For me, lately, it's been literal: schedule an entire 12 hour day per week to work on my PR. But sometimes, like last summer, it meant chilling out by the pool for two months and working 5-10 hours a week. Your idea of balance is fluid, and now that you know that you also know that it's not selfish to schedule time to succeed.You're stuck in your body until you die. These are five things will help you take care of it.
I have come across so many life hacks by reading Tim Ferris books The Four Hour Workweek and The Four Hour Body. I learned better communication skills (a HUGE inhibitor of growth if you do it poorly) by reading Non-Violent Communication with my mental state noticing a huge shift after reading The Four Agreements. Frustration and overwhelm comes from not understanding. Perhaps get a therapist if you need to. Knowledge is the power that will push you through.
5. MEDITATE: SELF CARE
My idea of meditation is 15 minutes in the hot tub. Nobody is talking to me, my hands and brain aren't being occupied by electronic devices - it's just me and my brain. Meditating is like shower time. It's space you carve out that had no distractions so you can hear yourself think. Maybe it's a daily long bath? Maybe it's at night before bed. You do you! Just make sure you make time for it.
Once you've cleared out stress and started to lead your life with goals you have mastered the two things that lead you to your ultimate life/work balance. You are in a place where you are ready to schedule time to succeed, to be selfish with yourself and with your time. You've come to the conclusion that self-care, or being successful comes in many forms in how you take care of yourself in regards to your schedule. And we've learned that sometimes people's idea of scheduling time for success is literal. If you can tackle these five tactics you will be the 3% that is able to do what the 97% can't.
Mandy Zelinka is the former Digital Marketing Manager for KEVIN.MURPHY International and owned one of the largest award-winning salons in Portland, Oregon. She was also Voted Best Hairstylist in Portland in 2016 by The Portland Fashion + Style Awards.
But she’s best known for tobogganing down the Great Wall of China as a United States Diplomat and First Lady of a City.