How do you find balance in your life?
The answer is simple: with a routine.
As a child, I underestimated the importance of maintaining a daily routine. In my home, we would wake up at the same time each day and proceed to get ready following a routine – use the bathroom, wash your face, brush your teeth, get dressed, carry your bags downstairs, enter the kitchen to grab your lunch, prepare something for breakfast and then leave to catch the bus or drive to school.
It seems mundane but it truly prepared me for how I would later learn to balance all of the tasks, and my personal life, that quickly consume the hours of my day.
Part of my success at finding balance though is in my LISTS.
That being said, here is a list of the 4 things I feel will prove to be the most beneficial to add to your routine in order to find balance in your life:
- Make your bed. It truly is that simple. Admiral William H. McRaven summed it up best in his book. Starting your day having completed a task sets you up for success. Plus coming home to see the bed made will bring you instant gratification.
- Have a calendar. My tasks, goals and plans are all consolidated into one calendar, broken down by what I need to do daily, weekly and monthly. Having a plan is important. Being able to visualize your plan will assist you in balancing your schedule to maximize your time and efforts.
- Value your time. Don’t undervalue your time. Your time is money and it is important that you recognize this. If paying someone to clean your home once a week saves you 4 hours every Saturday and would allow you to spend more time focused on your physical fitness, with your family or working to achieve a goal for the month – then prioritize your time and hire some help. If this means you need to budget accordingly and drink less beer next month, do it. You will thank me later. Personally, I advocate for Hello Fresh Meals. It allows you to eat fresh, healthy, local food and learn new recipes along the way. However, I no longer spend time planning meals, going to the grocery store, making grocery lists – and I save money by not eating out and always having a packed lunch at work.
- Prioritize your health. Even if the day is packed full of classes, meetings or family obligations – there is still time for a quick run or gym session. Kick your day off with some cardio to get your adrenaline pumping. This will provide you more energy throughout the day to accomplish the tasks at hand thus leaving you feeling rejuvenated and fulfilled as you check off each item throughout the day.
I won’t pretend to be the founder of any of these great ideas. But I can vouch that making these adjustments in your routine will certainly aid you in finding balance – no matter how chaotic things may seem!
What would you add to this list that assists you with finding balance in your life?!