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Beyond what society defines as fine living such as a bigger house, the newest model car, or the latest electronic gadget.
Life balance should encompass all aspects of our lives. For example work/life balance, family, pastimes, positive mental attitude, and goals.
Finding Balance for Fine Living
In today's society, we are driven to make money to maintain our lifestyle.
This requires work, often in jobs that we may not love but we are required to continue to maintain how we are accustomed to living.
Finding ways to balance work demands with family and pastimes is important to a healthy life.
Family is important and comes in all shapes and sizes, from the 2.3 kids on average for most traditional families to extended family for those whose definition of family is not traditional.
Social connections are important for everyone. Family supports us and provides a frame of reference from which we approach and judge the world.
What do we enjoy when we aren’t doing what we have to do in life?
Pastimes or hobbies make us relax and feel enthusiastic, and they often become our passions. What are the pastimes that motivate you?
Positive Mental Attitude and Goals
A positive mental attitude is extremely important in dealing with the constant change in life and this world.
I searched the internet for support to manage change in my life and found tinybuddha.com. Hannah the blog's author lists five steps for managing change.
Changes happen to all of us and finding ways to manage how we feel about that change is important. These steps could apply to a variety of situations.
What change are you planning for in your life? Take a peek at my post on Goal Setting and Planning to Manage Your Change.
Check out these 5 steps for managing change.
Five Steps for Managing Change
- Learn to differentiate between what you can and can't control.
- Keep a journal to document and process your thoughts.
- Develop routines and habits to stay grounded.
- Talk with others about your experience.
- Take care of your basic needs as they are the foundations of mental and physical health.
Probably the most important strategies for me are differentiating what I can and can't control and developing new routines.
Having sound beliefs is key to gauge interactions and occurrences so that you can make sense of what is happening and move on. It will make you resilient to constant change.
Lastly, goals are important for moving us forward. Whether it is work goals, health, or family goals that drive you or the desire to have a beach house by the sea. We all need to have reasons to move forward.
Five Steps to Achieving Fine Living Balance
My hubby is a great fan of all things motivational. One of his favorite motivational gurus is Tony Robbins, a Life and Business Strategist. According to Tony Robbins, there are 5 steps to Work-Life Balance.
1. Be Open and Respectful of Your Needs and the Boundaries of Others
This starts with taking a moment to identify what is important to you and then working with others on how you might meet those needs. An example might be a personal policy to check email at a certain time on the weekend rather than continually checking email. This sets a boundary for your time but also supports the project's needs.
2. Take Stock of Your Lifestyle and Personal Habits
Slow down and take time to focus on your diet and fitness regimen. Are you optimizing your diet and exercise to ensure peak performance? Eating fast food sitting at your computer is no way to live life. Taking time to enjoy a meal or regular exercise is key to taking care of your most valuable asset. You!
For more on diet, exercise, and managing stress read my post, Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle.
3. Resist the Time Suck
Time is valuable and we all have many demands on our time. Prioritizing what we focus our time on is important. We need to make sure our efforts are directed toward important tasks and we limit activities that waste time.
4. Hit Your Stride
Learn when and to what to put more effort. Evaluating priorities and deciding when to ramp up your effort and other times when a task may need less effort.
5. Forget Multi-tasking and Engage
Today's work is about multi-tasking. It seems that if you aren't working on more than one task at a time that your bosses don't think you are really working to your potential. I guess all the new technology has led to this state of the workday and we carry this home with us.
We watch TV, check our email, answer a text, search for our next pair of running shoes, and edit a work report all at the same time. The next day at work, we are checking email, answering phones, checking stock reports and the latest news all while continuing to edit the same report.
This routine drags on longer than it should. Rather than multitasking, try focusing and engage the most important task and get it done. Once the important tasks are completed, then you can focus on the time wasters that eat up your day.
Find your balance between working to live and living to work.
Let’s explore how we can balance life’s demands and enjoy fine living! Come join us today!
October 2021 Update: Minor update to images and post.