There are times when one aspect of life becomes a barrier to another aspect, for example, progress in work life may be throwing family or personal life out of balance. Having the highest intent of happiness for both aspects, outstanding people allow the ENERGY of each area to MERGE together and allow a vision of ‘being balanced and whole’ to emerge.
Exercise: Write down 3 values that are important to you for each area, say joy, creativity, love. See which values fall short in the other area (for example, you may feel you don’t have enough joy in your work as you have in your personal life). Then think of practical ways to bring in those values equally in both areas.
Some practical simple ways that can be used:
1. Have set hours for your work, and work in a way not to spill over time that you could use for your personal life. It’s a cycle: have quality time in the evenings with your family and friends, wake up the next morning happy, go to work in a happier state of mind (and this will improve your productivity at work), and because you’ve had a good day, come home happy. Be happy all over again!
2. Manage your time for the long run. Create a timeline for your activities, breaking up work tasks and family commitments such as family celebrations or holidays. When working, put in your heart and soul to strive for ongoing success. For commitments, make sure you are unavailable for work on those days. Spending few but meaningful quality times will do wonders.
3. Take time to make time for yourself. Do things you love doing, and don’t skip exercise and meditation routines for extra work. A healthy body and mind will supercharge you for work and aid better productivity in less time!
4. Perform a self-analysis from time to time, and see if the feeling of fulfillment is there. Rectify where you feel the need. This balance will also add to your peace and the highest intent of happiness!
All in all, depending on your identity and value system, take time out to seriously analyse what’s working and what’s not. Delving into your inner potentials will give you the answers that will work for you!