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The Art of Balance

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Summer is in full swing and with sunny days calling to us, as well as vacations, picnics, outdoor activities and social events — many of us are finding it hard to stay focused on achieving our goals.  So this month, the tip is about balance.  Finding time for the fun, while also keeping our eye on the bigger picture of getting our goals accomplished.  It's a constant struggle.

Just remember balance is not a final state of achievement — it's a state of controlled tension.  Liken it to a tightrope walker — he is not simply strolling across that rope, he's focused and with disciplined practice has been able to develop a heightened state of muscular control to create an ability to seemingly walk across the big top with the greatest of ease.  The idea of balance being a constant state is a myth.  It's a point of being — like the pendulum on a clock — it's not stopped, it's moving back and forth — sometimes with big arcs and sometimes with small arcs.  But never still.  So balance is not stillness, it's a state of making informed decisions to create an emotional sense of being.

 
So where does that leave the rest of us mere mortals?  Well, three good places to start are…
 
Time Management…
Knowing the right times to take on specific tasks is just as important as knowing how much time to allot to doing something.  For instance if you know that night time is the wrong time to do your bills, then doing them in the evening is a waste of energy.  Evening may be the best time for your workout or for returning emails and phone calls.  Along with this is knowing when to play and when to work.  Time at the beach is for the beach, not for working.  It's one thing if you have responsibilities to do — do them as quickly as possible — so that you can go back to the business at hand which is to enjoy the beach.  Knowing where to place your time and energy can help to cerate a greater sense of fulfillment and enjoyment in your life.
 
Prioritizing…
Not everything needs to be done right now, nor even this week.  Learning what needs done — and the sequence things should be accomplished can help you to streamline your efforts and make greater progress in your goals.  Learning to create priorities and knowing what time of day and what day of the week to do them can be a great asset.  If you know that computer work needs to be done — and that it is going to be raining all day tomorrow — then tomorrow may be the day for computer work, while today can be the day for that trip to the amusement park.
 
Not Accepting Laziness…
We all goof off, we all lose our steam, we all need a break to just read a book, relax, chill and listen to the breeze.  Knowing what is real down time and what is simply our putting things off out of a lack of confidence or simple laziness can help us break the goofing off cycle.  And with the advent of ever-present Internet — goofing off has become easy and always accessible.  As useful and great as the world wide web is, it can also be the world wide waste.  So giving yourself a time limit to get things done and sticking to that time limit is much better than staying for hours and not getting much accomplished.  Even if you don;t get it done, simply move on to the next part of your day and then set another time to go back to the task you didn't get done.  A walk in the park is better than an hour of reading IMDB entries!  (Admit, you've done it — we've all done it!)
 
In the end, developing balance discipline can help you to accomplish more, break through self-defeating behavior patterns and free up time for more meaningful — and fun — activities!