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This Year I'm Going to Achieve More Balance in my Life!

By Deborah J. Sparks

Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone.

Achieving balance in our lives consistently rates as one of the top 10 New Year's resolutions, right up there with getting more fit, losing weight and quitting smoking.

Often, though, our great intentions often don’t translate into reality.

Here are a couple of sure-fire ideas that can help you achieve your goal:

  • Define your roles and then your goals. We all have a variety of roles in our life – parent, child, sibling, friend, employee, co-worker, volunteer, caregiver, etc. When your vision, mission and roles are crystal clear in your mind, your goals become easier to define and will support your roles.
  • Use a planning system that keeps your roles and long and short term goals front and center. Using a system that allows you to visualize long-term goals, such as in the dashboard at the top of the partial screenshot below, in addition to weekly and daily planners will provide a larger and more effective context than a simple daily planner.
  • We developed this customisable planner in Microsoft Excel using dynamic charting and drop-downs for easy selection of roles, priorities and status.

When you plan each week with your long term goals and your clearly defined roles in mind, your life will naturally become more balanced.

Using this type of planning tool, you’ll actually be able to say, “Now I know where my time went!” and proactively choose the direction you want your life to take instead of leaving a good part of it to chance.

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