The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Time balance is a key component in your tool box of time management skills. Many people believe that productivity is best maintained by being busy all the time. In fact, this couldn’t be farther from the truth!
You productivity is predicated on staying focused and keeping your energy and motivation from flagging. And time balance is precisely the tool for accomplishing that.
Here’s a question I recently received from a reader of The Time Finder that illustrates this common predicament. Beth from St. Louis wrote:
I find that I just can’t slow down – and I feel exhausted most of the time. I drive myself to achieve and get things done as soon as possible.
I see anything that pulls me away from what I should be doing as wasting time. So my question is, how can I ever take time for activities that I know are probably good for me but aren’t absolutely productive and necessary?
My response to Beth outlines the ways that creating and maintaining time balance will help keep her going, and I wanted to share it with you, too!
I hear your frustration about the way that you drive yourself.
It is essential that you allow time for relaxing activities that aren’t directly related to work. In order to be most productive, you need to change your pace, your focus, and your energy frequently throughout the day. This is what I call time balance, and here are some ways to achieve it for yourself:
- Alternate a tasks where you are passively sitting at your computer with ones where you are active. When you move your body you move your energy.
- Approach your non-work activity with openness, gratitude and compassion, and not with harshness or urgency.
- Set aside a time every day for exercise and relaxation. I routinely exercise in the earlier part of my day. This helps to balance my energy and ground me, so I begin my work with enthusiasm.
- Specifically, consider something like this: With every hour of sitting, I take 10-15 minutes to move and re-energize myself. Going outdoors or playing with my “puppies” helps me counterbalance my work energy.
- Start small and build from there. Try to make one small change for a week and document what you notice.
- After your routine becomes second nature, encourage yourself to add something else to your day.
Most importantly, when it comes to time balance, or anything, for that matter, be gentle and kind to yourself!
The thing about time balance is that each and every time you step away from your work or change your pattern, it’s like awakening your mind, body, and spirit. You come back to whatever you were doing with a feeling of renewal. That, in turn, allows you to be much more productive than you’d otherwise be.
Of course, focus, too, is key. So it is vital that your breaks be time-limited and you return to your task in whatever time-frame you’ve given yourself. Not only does this maintain your time balance, it also builds and sustains self-trust!
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