If you have designed the balanced life of your dreams, congratulations! That is an awesome accomplishment. Sticking to that balanced life–however– is an entirely different challenge. This is something I can testify to because as they say, experience is the best teacher. When I decided to lessen the number of hours I work per month, I made it a point to revise my calendar so I can follow my new schedule. However, old habits die hard. I ended up working much more than I had planned so it is safe to say that I had difficulty sticking to my new schedule.
With much effort, paired with trial and error, I have finally figured out how to follow through with my designed life. When something is requested of me, I don’t rush to make a decision. I consult my calendar first to see if it is in alignment with what I want in my life, and if not, I kindly decline. I have also learned to delegate things that can interfere in my goal of having more free time (ex- I started using cleaning services).
Best of all, I have learned not to feel guilty for saying “no” by working on my mindset through self-coaching and journaling; because saying “yes” to things that are not in alignment with what I want is saying “no” to my goals. Once this becomes your mindset, it becomes easier to respond in ways that serve you best.
Designing a balanced life takes real thought, and living it takes both thought and action. There’s work involved in maintaining the life you have created for yourself; so protect it and honor it by making the effort to stick with it. As always, self-experimentation is the key to opening up new possibilities in your life so go ahead and put these tips to use!
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