In part one
, I discussed how evaluating your current circumstances and identifying what's important to you can get you closer to a healthy life balance. Once you become clear on these first two tips, you can move on to the last three.
3. Think outside the box
This is where you can get creative
. Begin to consider unique or unorthodox ways to create either more time or more money — or both. Maybe you can take on a part-time job for one year and earn an additional $30,000 to do with as you please. Or perhaps you want to go back to school, but you don’t want to go into debt. Maybe you’ve had a difficult time finding a new job in town or building your business.
Consider moving to another city or state — even a foreign country. Thinking outside the box will allow you to formulate new solutions you may not have considered before.
4. Redesign your life around your values and priorities
Redesigning your life when there are other people to consider may get a little tricky, but it will be well worth it in the long run.
The most important thing to remember is that sacrificing happiness will not bring balance in your life, or the other way around. You first have to design your life from the inside out, based on your values, for it to be in balance and for you to experience any level of happiness. It’s amazing how much easier life seems when you align with your values and design your days around your true priorities
. You will find greater satisfaction in many, if not all, areas of your life if you start with the core and work outward.
5. Evaluate your progress every three months
To be sure you stay on track and remain in balance according to your values, re-evaluate your plan and make minor tweaks as needed
at least once each quarter (every three months). You may need to delegate more tasks out to an assistant or implement a more strategic way of managing your time. If you find that changes are not being made by lack of action or resources, it’s time to take a good look in the
mirror. Ask yourself what you really want and create a new list of goals. Prioritize what’s most important to you and focus on rebalancing your life to accommodate those goals.
See also: Work-life balance: Is life too short to be busy?
Creating balance in life won’t happen overnight; it may take weeks or months. The important thing is to be sure your goals are really what they should be for you to feel satisfied. It doesn’t matter what someone else wants for you; it only matters what you truly want.
Always start from within and work outward — not the other way around. Although you may have others to consider (children, spouse, etc.) when making changes to your life, they should never be the reason you do not create a life that allows you to be happy and