Maintaining Balance in Your Life

Far too often in our daily lives we get caught up in being constantly on the go. Whether it is working tirelessly for hours upon end and getting little-to-no sleep, or even feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to cross everything off your to-do list. For many people a work-life balance seems like a buzzword that they always hear but it doesn’t actually apply to them.

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed “workaholic” or even a career professional who is starting to feel a little burnt out, figuring out how to regain some balance in your life can go a long way. I recently saw an infographic on LinkedIn by Brian Tracy that got me thinking about maintaining, or even establishing, some balance in our lives. It started with the following quote: “Your goals must be in balance and cover the three most important areas of your life. They must be in harmony together.”

In our jobs or even our lives away from work, we have goals. They can me small or large, simple or complex, but we all have them. If you’re looking for some balance in your hectic life, these goals can be broken down into three categories: “What” Goals, “Why” Goals and “How” Goals.

  • “What” Goals pertain to your career and financial goals. These can be anything from receiving a promotion in the next calendar year to saving “x” amount of money to put a down payment on a new house. The key is making sure they are SMART goals. In fact, the goals in each of these categories should be SMART. “What” goals are essentially what you want to accomplish in life.
  • “Why” Goals have to do with your personal life, family and health goals. Examples of these goals include losing 20 pounds, running a half marathon, taking a family vacation, starting a family, etc. These goals can be thought of as your “why”; serving as your inspiration for accomplishing business and career goals.
  • “How” Goals are for personal and professional growth. These are “how” you achieve the “what” and enjoy the “why.” For example, if you want to be promoted in the next year, some of your “how” goals might be to meet your sales quota two times over or to innovate a new product to stand out to your supervisors. In doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Setting and meeting your goals is important, but without a balance in your life you will feel burnt out and ultimately lose motivation to achieve any goals. Not only can burnout happen in your professional life, but it also happens in your personal life. It is important to consider this work-life balance to life a happy and healthy life. There is nothing wrong with being laser focused on achieving your goals, but without balance, the side effects can be detrimental. After putting in all the work to achieve your goals, what is the point if you can’t enjoy the end result? As Tracy puts it, “Continue working on these goals at the same time, to be happy and effective in your life.”

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