• Balancing Act

    Balancing your day and what you do and focus on during the day is not easy. For many, the idea of "doing it all" is an elusive ideal. Even some of today's most well-known professionals have admitted they struggle to find balance. 

    In today's day and age, balancing work and/or school with the rest of your life can make you feel like a circus performer carefully walking a tightrope. The holidays don't make it any easier. If you lean too far one way, you're bound to stumble.

    Here are a few important principles of life balance to help you achieve proper balance:

    • Prioritize—Prioritize your goals so you have a clear understanding of what's most meaningful to you. Are you willing to compromise some family time in order to work longer hours for that job promotion? If you prioritize and manage your time correctly it may not even come to that. If you're in school, select which terms  you may want to consider to  max out your course load to help you graduate sooner. The holidays may not be that time—instead, you may want to spread out your classes around the holidays or other times of year where you want or need to reserve more time for your job and family. 
    • Focus—Give each part of your life—whether it be work, school, family, or friends—the attention it deserves. When you are working, focus on the task at hand until it's complete. When you are out with friends, don't check your email or text messages or take work calls unless it's absolutely necessary. Trying to manage too many things at once will result in feeling and appearing distracted. Distraction also makes it significantly harder to succeed (and enjoy!) what you're doing.
    • Health and Wellness—Next, take care of yourself.  Ensure that following a healthy diet and exercise are part of your stress management plan. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which gives you more energy to tackle your to-do list each day. Any form of exercise, from yoga to cycling, can act as a stress reliever. U.S. News & World Report explains how your diet is directly linked to your mood, your energy, and how you sleep. So make sure to incorporate nutritious foods into your diet so you're well rested and prepared to take on the day.
    • "You Time"—Last, but certainly not least, reserving some time for yourself is a key factor in creating balance. It's easy to get distracted on everything and everyone else, especially during the holidays. Even if it's just for a couple hours each week, do something that makes you relaxed and happy. Exploring hobbies such as cooking, painting, and bike riding are a great way to de-stress. But it could be as simple as taking a few extra minutes to read a book while finishing your morning coffee. You'll be surprised by how effective this step is in rejuvenating your mind and body, giving you the energy you need to accomplish your goals.

    Studies have shown the while many believe they are multitasking, it's really more of a juggling act in the brain, switching your focus and brain from one thing to another. That makes these tips even more essential for your success. By remembering to prioritize, focus, practice good health, and carve out time for yourself, you can take a giant leap toward a happy and balanced lifestyle and potentially increase your achievements throughout your life.


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