I've been there.
Here are a few lessons I learned along the way that have helped me strike a better balance and make the most of my time and commitments.
Having a balance is not an easy task if you do not have a plan.
You may feel like some days you're flying by the seat of your pants, not allocating enough time to family or health and working long days that last into the night. This creates imbalance and instability that affects your long term health and happiness.
This imbalance is not sustainable, and I am writing this series in part to help show the process that helped me achieve balance professionally, competitively, and socially.
Last year, I struggled immensely in finding a balance with my training and race schedule. It felt as though I didn't have enough time to do everything that I wanted.
What I learned from it was a very valuable lesson that in order to meet your goals and spend time with family, friends and work life, you need a balance.
What are the keys that help you find the right formula for you?
Take a moment to write down life categories that mean the most to you as the first step, such as: health, fitness, friends, spirituality, hobbies - whatever makes you tick.
Once you have those buckets, define the time you want to spend each week given that there are 168 hours in a week.
I found it helpful to rank my "buckets" first in value of importance, and then followed by allocating the number of hours I needed to spend on each. This way, I prioritized what was most important, and made sure that my time reflected this. Obviously, this looks different for everyone, so it is important to do this while also taking time to be introspective and think about where your happiness comes from.
This is the best place to start.
In my next installment, I will build upon this thinking. Remember, you are in full control of your 168 hours per a week. You already know the number of work hours and sleep that is required each week. This will get you started.
PS - Here's an easy tip to finding more balance:
Take time to disconnect from your phone and work. The world will not burn down or someone on your Facebook page will not call the police saying your missing.
Start by taking an hour and out of your day and shut off your phone or mute it. Then build upon that and focus on your buckets.
Since I have a work and personal phone, every Friday around 5 pm I shut off my work phone till Monday morning. For my personal phone, I put it in time out once a day for an hour and do not look at it one hour prior to going to bed. Disconnect and see how it feels for you.
Keep an eye out for the second installment!