Balance: Hindsight is 20/20
This month the goal was to track the success of all my “Balance” planning. I set aside my feelings on the word & concept, and went all in to create what is perceived as health work|life balance. Lists were made, appointments managed, calendars juggled, etc. I scheduled time away from work, technology, specific family experiences, and on and on…
So what happened? Well, we went through the month with what we are accustomed to. We normally use agendas and calendars, and I am a big fan of scheduling time for both specific work tasks and family getaway time. Equally familiar? Life providing its variety of challenges and unexpected gifts. So balance, as defined, was not achieved daily, or even weekly. Do I think we hit the mark overall? Yes.
My frequent response when asked how I manage all that I do is that it’s not a masterfully planned system, but a consistent effort that rewards us on some days and challenges us on others. If you are seeking perfectly balanced days, hang it up. It just doesn’t work that way. Balance is a longterm reward, not a cheap thrill. It takes effort, yes, but it also take patience and a healthy perspective of what you are seeking to balance. Being able to roll with the punches is critical to maintaining your sanity and to appreciating the big picture. You’ve got this… just keep moving!