Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.” --Brian Tracy
I work at a large, corporate company. I hear a lot of talk about "work/life" balance. I'm a personal believer that work is part of the greater life picture, and that by trying to separate it and hide it as something to balance against, we're doing ourselves a great disservice. I believe in life balance - in doing what I can in small ways to move toward a more balanced life, which starts with a more balanced day.
I can get overwhelmed when I think about "life" balance. Am I living in accordance with my values of personal vitality (diet and exercise), personal growth, excellence (professional and personal), while at the same time building and maintaining close relationships with my friends and family? That, my friends, is a LOT to think about. I find it helps to think about balance in small bits - balance within in each day. For example, what can I do tomorrow to live according to these values? I can go to the gym, call a friend, prioritize my tasks at work and set ten minutes aside to think about something I'm really passionate about. By aiming for balance within the day, and repeating that, I move toward balance in life without getting too overwhelmed.
What can you do to move toward balance tomorrow?