Monday Motivation: 5 Tips to Maintaining a Balanced Life

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.  –Henry David Thoreau

I pride myself on detaching from work on nights and weekends, but as my entrepreneurial idea develops it’s cutting into my relaxation time.  I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t become a long term habit.  Nevertheless, this quote really spoke to me and gave me the confirmation I needed to verify I’ve been spending my time in a very useful and productive way.

For those of you out there that are like me where you really try to fit in time to balance life and genuinely take a break from any and all work, you know how frustrating it can be to look back after a month or two and think about all the fun and social excursions you didn’t have.  Delaying gratification is something our society doesn’t make easy.  We live in a microwave society where everything needs to happen immediately.  Meanwhile, I’m living my life on slow-cooker terms.  I’m doing the heavy lifting and hard work now, so things will be easier for me later (hopefully!)

Hence, the late nights and long weekends of work.

For those of you who want to maintain a healthy, balanced life, see a few tips below:

  1. Use alarms or reminders to schedule in breaks throughout your day.
  2. Prioritize activities that don’t drain you and drop the draining activities completely.
  3. Get a full 8 hours of sleep to recuperate from a busy day.
  4. Fit in exercise where you can throughout the day!  (Avoid the elevator, take the stairs, eat lunch faster and take a 15 minute walk after eating, go to the gym before or after work for 30 minutes.)
  5. Postpone errands to weekends so you can go home after work and relax.

Hope this is helpful!  Are you able to maintain balance in your life or are you achieving success by staying busy?  Comment below, I’d love to know how you’re managing to balance life!

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