I struggle with finding that balance, or what I like to refer to as my work-life equilibrium on a regular basis. Staying in balance, or in equilibrium, is incredibly challenging, and first and foremost requires that we are aware and checking in with how we are doing. That means giving some of our precious time each day to monitoring the balance in our life and looking for red flags.
How do we monitor this state of balance or equilibrium?
My first suggestion is to know what balance looks like. A great way to do this is to grab your journal and sketch or write pictures or words that to you describe balance (for me one of those words is patience). Once you feel like you have all the words down that describe what being in balance means to you, read those words over. Then, close your eyes and visualize what those words look like. Who are you when you are in balance? How do you show up? How do you interact professionally? What about personally?
Once you have a clear picture of what balance looks like, you are armed with the ability to compare present state to balanced state, highlight the differences and make tweaks. I often check-in daily when I am taking a moment out for a cup of tea in the afternoon or during my morning shower.
The next step to help inform yourself is to begin to consider what red flags happen when you are slipping out of balance or equilibrium. I will discuss that later this week in a coming post!
For now, what does balance look like to you?