Work-life balance. We are sold the dream of having it all, and that anything is possible. Working Moms can still go out on girlfriend weekends, and busy CEO’s can write morning blog posts and do yoga. We CAN do it all. But can we do it all at once?
What if we could approach having it all by compartmentalizing, instead of trying to do it all once? Multitasking adds to stress, mistakes, and a lack of presence that has us feeling stressed, and unable to fully enjoy what we are doing.
When everything seems screaming to be the top priority at once, how do you choose? How do you manage your time and stay focused?
Break down what’s important to you and focus on just a few a day. One day, focus on exercise, time to read, and playing with your children. The next day, you can focus on time with your partner, healthy eating, and work. Do not try to have everything perfect, every day of the week. You can also take an entire day of the week and go without your electronic devices and nature, or hang out with your family without watching television.
Having it all may not look like what you thought it would. Having it all may look like letting go of things that are not as important to you, to make room for what is. Do you really need to work so many hours to get a new car, when the car you have works perfectly? Do you need to spend so much of your money on holiday gifts, when what you really need, is to spend more quality time with the people you love instead?
I invite you to make a list of your to-do’s, and then remove everything you can admit that you do not need to do. There may be things that have been taking up your time that you can streamline, or even let go of. Your priorities will rise to the top, and you can focus on what’s important to you.