The Great Balancing Act
Have you ever thought to yourself, I would get so much done if it wasn’t for Life? You have big dreams that require time, love and energy. However, there are those pesky little details like rent and bills that drag you away from your passions and force you to be an “adult”. Before you even realize it, weeks, even months, may have slipped by. So, how do you balance the time spent between work and dreams? Here are a few tips to help you find that happy, productive medium.
Prioritize Your To-Do List
Make a list of everything you “have” to do alongside everything you “want” to do. Rate each item on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being absolutely non-negotiable. Combine the lists in the order of the numerical scale and use this master list when trying to decide what to accomplish each day.
Make Your Boundaries Clear
It is okay to establish clear boundaries between your daily life and your creative pursuits. If you require a certain number of uninterrupted hours to complete a task, or simply need to relax now and then in order to recharge, let those around you know. It is easier for others to be supportive when they have a true understanding of your needs.
Be Flexible With Your Schedule
Even if you’ve sculpted your daily regime to leave a specific amount of time to focus on your outside goals, remember that Life happens. Try to be flexible and adaptable with your time. Do not allow unexpected impediments to deter you from pursuing your dreams. Take care of what needs to be done and revisit your schedule going forward.
Life Hacks is a term for quick, unexpected fixes to everyday problems. These solutions will save you both time and money, which you can then place towards your goals. The more life hacks you can incorporate into your daily routine, the more efficient you will become.
Ask For Help
Be sure to be open about your needs if you feel you are becoming overwhelmed. Ask for help from your coworkers, friends, and family members if you feel you are falling behind or require assistance to achieve either a life/work task or your creative goals.
Do you have tips for finding a balance between daily life and your dreams? Leave your feedback in the comments below.
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