Recently, my friend was excited because she was driving by herself to the airport to pick up a friend. I remember this feeling when my children were toddlers and I had a dentist appointment. I looked forward to the drive there, sitting in the dentist chair, listening to mindless music and then driving home. An hour to myself! Most of the articles and blogs I've read about balance focus on revising time spent in different activities. I propose that balance starts with "being with" yourself so you can pay attention to what your needs are.
First take a little assessment to see if you would agree with any of the following statements:
• I don't have a minute to myself all day.
• I get up before dawn to have time alone.
• I stay up past midnight even though I have to wake up at 6 a.m.
• I take work home with me (or never close my home-office door).
• I multitask in order to free up time for a mini-vacation, and then feel like I need a vacation when I return.
If you agreed with any of the above, you may want to consider the following steps to bring balance into your life.
Thanks to Gina Misiroglu of redroom.com for your help giving my work some wings.