How can you be successful in your work without sacrificing your personal life? Is it possible to maintain that desirable personal and professional balance? How can you achieve a balance between your family and your work? Attaining a personal and professional balance is another key factor for success.
During times of crisis and in our hurried lives, when our jobs demand greater commitment, when competition for a new contract, a promotion or a raise in pay is increasingly fierce, when we feel pressured to focus more on the task and less on the process, we begin to feel the many effects of imbalance.
We experience this imbalance in our bodies and our relationships. We get sick and we get headaches, stomach disorders and skin disorders. Our families feel the need to ask us for more of our time. Our friends complain that they rarely see this and us sometimes creates a feeling of guilt that is detrimental to other areas of our lives.
Seeking Equilibrium: Every one of us must to live with the paradox of seeking balance in an environment in which it is natural to lose our balance. Changes in work schedules, technological progress, the economic crisis, globalization, social challenges, and environmental transformations have disrupted the natural balance a human being needs.
But even in this environment, there are some people who find physical, mental and emotional balance, as well as balance with their family, neighbors and peers. They use their time so they can work effectively, play sports, socialize, and maintain a healthy equilibrium in their personal and group activities.
To be fully effective, we all need the inner balance between personal demands (being more intelligent, handling our emotions better, being healthier and more spiritual), and social demands (being a good parent and spouse, being a good professional, a good friend and a good citizen).
Regaining our Balance: To achieve balance in our daily lives, experts recommend certain steps that are simple but powerful:
For Personal Balance:
1. Read 15 minutes before going to sleep.
2. Begin a 15-minute routine of conscious breathing when you get up.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables, less fried foods and fewer foods made with flour.
4. Drink more water and juices, less coffee and alcohol.
5. Pray and be thankful when you get up, at each meal and when you go to bed.
6. Get some type of exercise every other day.
7. Keep a journal of your activities.
For Social Balance:
1. Use an agenda or personal organizer to plan the use of your time each week. Learn to put first things first.
2. Assign your time to the different areas of your life. Take care of that area you tend to relegate.
3. Focus on working smarter rather than working harder.
4. Avoid the hero syndrome. Ask people for help.
5. Surprise your family or friends with unexpected activities.
6. Unplug yourself by turning off the cell phone and the television and give yourself the gift of time.
7. Begin to give an hour of volunteer service each week.
Achieving total balance is a challenge, but it is both possible and necessary. If we are creative and effective and ask for help, we can combine actions on the personal side, such as exercise, with actions on the social side, such as spending more time with our children. This will make us healthier, more productive, more dynamic, and more joyful people.