Posted on 18 January, 2016

I’m Back!

By Jacob Andreae in Personal Development, How-to I’m Back!

[Photo credit: Michael Pollak]

You may not have noticed it because, thanks to the power of technology, my blogs have shown up in your inbox every week. But for the past 4 weeks I’ve been on a break and I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it. Time out is obviously imperative for work/life balance and it’s easy to get it over the Christmas holidays. It’s not so easy to get it when you go back to work though. Here’s how you can maintain balance when work - and life - get hectic. 

Work/life balance is like walking a slack-line.

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Work/life balance is a term that gets thrown around a lot. Many people think they need to achieve work/life balance. The thing is, it’s very hard to know when you are actually in balance. I liken work/life balance as walking a slack-line. It’s very hard to stay on and the whole time you’re constantly readjusting, feeling like you’re about to fall off. This readjusting feels awkward and you never actually feel like you’re balanced. It’s not until you get to the end, or you fall off, that you really know if you’ve been successful or not.

I’ve spent plenty of my adult life out-of-balance. I never really knew it however, until I would fall. In recent times, now that I’ve become intentional about it, I can dance the dance that goes with walking the slack-line of work/life balance. I’ve learned to enjoy the wobble and not get discouraged. The wobble is a sign that I’m still balancing, even though it might not feel like it. When I wobble I know it’s time to make some tiny adjustments, so that I stay on and keep moving forward.

How To Maintain Balance When Work (and Life) Get Busy

  1. Keep moving forward.
    I love this line from the movie, ‘Meet the Robinsons’. It’s extremely hard to maintain your balance (and your momentum for that matter) when you're standing still. Keep moving forward at all costs. 
  2. Get intentional.
    When you’re not intentional about getting what you want, you simply float. Like sailing a ship, you must manipulate the sails according to the wind, navigate and have an idea about where you’re going, otherwise you just float to wherever the winds take you.
  3. Be aware.
    Take notice of how you’re progressing. Pay particular attention to the way you feel about your life as a whole and the components that make it up. 
  4. Readjust as you go.
    Review your week each week. Figure out what’s working and what’s not. With what’s not working, decide to either modify it or eliminate it. 
  5. Make tiny adjustments.
    Keep making adjustments continually. It’s these tiny adjustments that keep you in balance, even if it doesn’t feel like that.

Work/life balance is like walking a slack-line. You never actually feel like you’re balanced. Ride the wobble and keep moving forward to maintain your balance. It’s this wobble that tells you you’re in balance, so learn to love the wobble and make small adjustments as necessary.

How would your loved ones respond if you always lived in balance?

About Jacob Andreae

About Jacob Andreae

I write and speak about Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset. 

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