I am a mother, I am a wife, I am a friend, I am a family member, I am a business owner, I am a teacher, I am a doctor, …. I am many things.
Every person I know can claim a list similar to my own.
If each of us has a list this long or longer, is it ever really possible to find balance between all aspect of our lives?
How do I balance work, family and social obligations?
I believe the most important aspect to life balance is finding the balance within yourself. Finding how you operate. Discovering your natural rhythm to maintaining balance.
Just as the body has a sleep/wake cycle so to a natural balance of when we work best. This is where terms such as “morning person” or “night hawk” came from. I myself think the clearest in the morning to early afternoon. Please do not ask me to use my head in the evening! I structure my day to have intellectual or creative activities such as writing in the morning and my “house keeping” (things like accounting, book keeping, actual house cleaning, duties early afternoon with the evenings best served to family and fun.
Going against this natural rhythm creates feelings of unease, or being “out of sync”
So how to get “in sync”?
1) Take an emotional “snap-shot” of your day.
What does this mean? Choose an average day; upon waking how do you feel? Rested? Tired, like you need another hour? Excited to begin a new day? Or annoyed that it’s morning already!
2) Take an energy level snap-shot of your day.
Throughout the day, especially after snacks and meals, check in with your energy level. Do you have tons of energy? Hyper? Are you sleepy? In need of a nap? Anywhere in between?
Charting this for a week or more will give you a good backdrop of how your emotions and energy levels wax and wan throughout the day.
Once you have this “snap shot” you can start to adjust your schedule accordingly.