If you read enough self-development books, blog posts, articles, and the like, then you’ll start to notice a funny pattern. All things are possible and nothing is possible.
- “Positive Thinking Is Everything!” and “Action Is Everything!”
- “Give Away All Your Work for Free!” and “Double Your Prices, Baby!”
- And my personal favorites, “Work-Life Balance Is a Myth!” and “You Too Can Achieve Work-Life Balance!”
Ugh, it’s enough to make your head spin. What are you supposed to believe?
Well, I’m a firm believer in work-life balance—heck, it’s in my elevator pitch! So when I read those anti-work-life balance articles, I notice something about the authors.
They claim work-life balance impossible, but they’re not even really trying.
They say things like your health is going to take more of your time, or your day job will take more of your time, or your kids will take more of your time, or your business will take more of your time.
Even I agree with this to an extent, but if you want work-life balance you need to track your time and be honest about where your minutes go.
Here’s a simple formula to help you get work-life balance: equal work time + me time + sleep = a balanced day.
In a recent call for my Life Editing for Beginners group, we were talking about how to divide up your day so that you’re giving equal time to the things that drain you and the things that build you up.
It comes down to this:
- 8 hours for work (or things that deplete your energy)
- 8 hours for play (or things that increase your energy)
- 8 hours of sleep (to recharge yourself)
See how perfectly that works out!
And when you’re choosing “play” activities, pick things that add value to your life like reading, talking with loved ones, doing a hobby, etc. Avoid numbing activities that push down your emotions and make you feel like a zombie.
I know what you’re thinking. “Come on, Sage! Really? How about I supposed to have 8 hours of me time when I have a long commute, my kids need attention, and I just want to zone out watching Netflix for hours.”
As your coach, I gotta ask you the hard questions. Do you want work-life balance or do you just want to complain about how difficult it is?
Instead of making excuses, take control of your schedule and balance out the highs and lows. You can do this!
If you work at a desk for hours, then use your commute to listen to a lovely audiobook. If you write work emails all day, then spend some time journaling at night. If you have to sit through boring meetings, then make time for conversation with your family.
Life Editors are pros at mastering work-life balance.
- You delete a little of the bad to make room for more of the good.
- You stay thankful for what you have so you can attract more of what you want.
- You plan time for your work so you’ll have time for your play.
How do you maintain work-life balance?
This post focuses on Step 3 of the Life Editing Process, Add Good Habits and Routines. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.