How to get your life balance right

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Robert Lovell
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Modern life skills expert Liggy Webb offers up more great advice on getting that crucial balance between work, family and friends. 

As featured in Sift Media’s, here are some top tips on getting your life balance right.


Life balance: Top Tips

• Find your own balance and what it means to you

• Work out your priorities and prioritise effectively

• Learn how to time manage more successfully

• Greet the day early and with a positive attitude

• Factor in thinking time to review and evaluate

• Draw a line between home and work

• Set yourself limits and create realistic parameters

• Make time to spend with your family and friends

• Develop new interests and hobbies

• Feed your soul as well as your bank account

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them: work, family, health, friends and soul - and you are keeping all of these in the air. You will soon learn that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls: family, health, friends and soul are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably damaged or even shattered and they will never be the same again.

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20th Apr 2012 12:58

Head & Heart

Just to add another dimension I prefer Work:Me balance. 

All Liggy says makes sense, which is the head bit, but how about the heart (behaviour) bit? How do I naturally live the balance without the need to beat myself up @ 6pm still being in the office or when I forget an important event at home?  Bit like knowing that all those lovely carbs I'm addicted to are not doing my health any good and so living a battle between the knowing and the doing.

There's obviously no easy answer, especially as we are all different.  At one time for example, I enjoyed what I did at work about as much as I enjoyed what I did away from it and I think that was probably the closest I got to a reasonable balance with time, worry, urgency & enjoyment being evenly spread.  Think that might have been a week in April 1987!

Whilst it shouldn't be necessary to force the issue the method I've used from time to time is to practice saying NO, ie when a client asks to meet or for me to do something, I'll err on an automatic NO, adding "but I can do Tuesday after next".  What's sad is that, at times when the balance is all over the place, I use this method at home as well.

Probably all a bit too heavy for a Friday but why the topic grabbed my attention is that after over 30 years of running work from an office, I've moved it back home this month and all sorts of weird things are happening. 

To sum it up, Home (or me) now have the upper hand and so, a few lines above, as I stared out of the window at the bird feeder and the fox next door I noticed that it had started to rain and so rushed downstairs to bring the washing in....and get attacked by the dog....and cut my home made loaf to put it in the freezer.....and ignore the work phone going off upstairs.  Think I've cracked it!

Have a balancing weekend all



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