Today, whatever your age or calling, you have multifarious activities to do. With the information and communication technology revolution that has magically made so many different avenues available for us to stay connected with our friends and colleagues, relatives and acquaintances at anytime round the clock, there is a constant lure of the smart phone and computer as well. The whatsapp, twitter and facebook options vie for attention with calls, sms-es and skype possibilities. These seem to engage us unceasingly. And their attractiveness hardly seems to dwindle. Whether it is children and teenage students, college and university goers, office goers, homemakers or the elderly, the pace of life has become too hectic for all. Indeed it is through the multifarious activities that we do; how we can actually have a well-balanced life.
What is a well-balanced life?
Let’s discover that. A well-balanced life really means that you are able to give the due importance to every activity you need to do to achieve your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual goals without unnecessary stress or drain of your energy and resources. In other words, you spend your energies optimally, expend your resources judiciously, and reach your set goals. A well-balanced life is characterized by a regulated daily schedule and a balanced mind.
How do we live such a balanced life? Is it feasible or only utopian? We all have twenty-four hours at our disposal every day. It depends on how we use it most productively. Achievers are what they are because the same twenty-four hours at their disposal were used wisely by them.
How do we live a balanced life?
Life is about time and its wise use. No resource is more fixed and non-renewable than time. Time is really of the essence in life. Doing the right thing at the right time. This is what can make all the difference to our life and to the quality of our life. By doing so, we do not subject ourselves to unnecessary stress and strain, nor do we go through our work in a rushed pace. We can thus have a balanced mind and poise to perform our tasks better.
Let’s take a look at some ways in which we can make the most of what we have for achieving our goals and living a well-balanced life. In other words, how should we plan and perform the many diverse activities of our day-to-day life to achieve the goals we wish to achieve and have the balance we crave for?
Tips for Living a Well Balanced Life
- Develop skills and stay up-to-date
As a student you have your academics to pursue, sports and games to enjoy, hobbies to engage in, other fun-time activities, meeting and chatting up with friends and relatives, and activities to stay physically fit and healthy.
As a professional woman or a homemaker, you have your work revolving around your family; making your home the wonderful, warm and welcoming place that it is for you and your family; your activities related to keeping yourself physically fit – that could involve going to the gym, or following an exercise regimen, or pursuing a game like swimming or an activity like aerobics; your hobby to pursue; your social engagements to keep, and your job as a working woman, if you are one.
And doing all this requires that you have sufficient time and skill to devote to different activities, so develop skills and keep yourself up-to-date to achieve your set goals, attain success and feel a sense of achievement and contentment to finally have a well-balanced life.
- Significance of Timings
Choose the right time of the day for every activity.
You have certain timings to keep. If you are a student, you have your classes at fixed hours. You have to comply with these externally set timings. Similarly, if you have to go to work at a fixed time, you have to follow it any which way. Isn’t it? So, that is something you have to stick to. And religiously.
Besides these timings, set timings for your other activities whose timings are otherwise flexible in that you can choose to do them when you wish to.
If you are a student the best time for study, practice and revision is early in the morning. Likewise meditation is best practiced in the morning hours. Exercises are also best done in the fresh air early in the morning.
Fun time, recreational activities and entertainment (whether a game or a sport or watching the TV or a film at a theatre too) can be given a time slot in your day.
- Stick to your schedule
Set a daily timetable for yourself. So that you don’t waste time in scheduling your day on a day-to-day basis. Your mind and body are great at adapting to a schedule. If you can but have a schedule in place and practice it you will be surprised to note that you can easily follow it as your mind and body will cooperate and support you immensely.
So, try to set up a time table and stick to it as far as possible. Sometimes interruptions do come in our schedules. The only way is to stick to our time table as far as possible and adapt to any interruptions.
When you set your time table, be practical. Be realistic. Don’t do away with rest and leisure activities. Otherwise you wouldn’t find the time table tenable. You would have only wasted your time drawing the time table. And you would always feel stressed out at not being able to keep to it. Your productivity may take a dip actually then.
- Prioritize your tasks
Prioritize your many activities. Priorities change with age, they change over time. They change with the stage of life we are in. One’s priorities depend, for instance, on whether one is a student or professional, working or non-working, single or married, having kids or not having kids, having little kids or grown up children, and other such criteria.
Prioritize your activities according to your goals. These goals could be short-term, medium-term or long-term ones. Clearing an exam may be a short-term goal. Going in for a profession may be a medium-term goal. Achieving a spiritual goal could be a long-term goal. As goals change, priorities change. So, one has to reconfigure one’s priorities accordingly.
- Take pleasure in what you do
Enjoy what you have to do and do it to your best ability. That way you will find your work less burdensome. A work can be drudgery if you dislike doing it, or light to accomplish if you like to do it. You are more productive and time-conscious by enjoying what you do.
- One work at a time
One work at a time and that done well is an adage you would do well to adopt. Multitasking may be great, but focusing and excelling at the one job on hand is surely very satisfying and rewarding.
- Pay attention to your health – eat right at right time
Fix timings for your meals too. Eat nutritious, healthy food at right time. Fix at least half hour duration for each meal so you eat relaxedly, enjoying your meal and masticating your food well. Leave all other activities to enjoy your meal and derive maximum health benefits from it.
- Give time for rest and relaxation
Don’t push yourself too much. It may prove counter-productive. No goal is so important as to risk your well-being. Desired goals are indeed only to maximize your well-being. Isn’t it?
So, be realistic and give your body sufficient hours of sleep. Research points to how lack of sleep affects our health in many different ways. And if you are short of sleep you will wake up grumpy. So what’s the use? Overworking will cause you to burn out and your goal may remain unachieved. So avoid that.
- Avoid wasting time and avoid useless activities
While rest and relaxation as also fun-time activities and entertainment are important, useless activities are a drain on your time. They give you nothing except perhaps sometimes some small momentary pleasure, if at all. But at the end of it they weigh heavily on you. Gossip and vain chit-chatting are a big source of waste of time. So, give such activities the miss as far as possible. Likewise avoid activities that generate negativity.
- Don’t punish yourself
If you fail to attain a set target, don’t punish yourself. Just accept the situation gladly. You are more than just that small success or victory that you sought for. Maybe there is something greater awaiting you in life, a surprise that will amaze you. Plan and prioritize once again, more practically and more judiciously. And make a fresh beginning.
Living a well-balanced life requires sustained effort. And, it is an effort worth the while.