Living a balanced lifestyle

2014-03-17 11:07

“Man maintains his balanced, poise, and sense of security as he is moving forward.” - Maxwell Maltz

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony."  - Thomas Merton

I strongly agree with these quotes, as humans, we have primary ideas of a perfect life; we want to be above all, healthy and constantly have this feeling of progression and achievement in all aspect of our lives.

Spending large chunks of my day at university, interacting with hundreds of students every single day, allows me the opportunity to see many different types of people, you would see people having many different interests. Some might be interested purely in academics and would spend their day on campus in their respected classes and when there isn’t a class, they would be in the library preparing for the next 2-3 days. Then you get the sporty person, the clubs and society’s person, ‘’the rebel’’ and ‘’the ghost’’.

Even though on average these people are completely different in most spheres of their lives they all have one fundamental thing in common, and that is that they are unhealthy, because they suffer from a disease I call “Bang! Burn Out”, in simpler terms, it is when you do not have a balanced lifestyle.  I suffered from “Bang! Burn Out” for a very long period in my life, I guess everyone goes through it, because of all the pressures of doing well at one thing, not only do we forget to do well at the rest but we forget to do it all together. The academic person might be getting 90% for most of his/her tests, but because gyming, running or cycling time got taken up by tuition he/she is also becoming extremely unhealthy. On average every type of person lacks one or more aspects for a balanced lifestyle, after doing enough research; the best way to term a balanced lifestyle is one where it includes time every single day for academics/work, sports/gym (physical exercise), love/friendship, fun and self-achievement. Only once we go through the 4 main tips on achieving this balance and you incorporate those 4 tips into your daily routine will you only be able to see the change and improvement you would want to see.

4 tips to achieve a balanced lifestyle are all based on time management skills:

  1. Don't Put Off for Later What You Can Do Now.

Until today, this age old adage still rings true. People always complain that they have no time at all to do their work or to clean the attic; but that's not really true now, is it? The three hours you spent watching television… You could have used that to take care of your junk in the attic. The 30 minutes you spent lazing about in bed… You could have taken that opportunity to get to work early and get a head start on the day.

  • The truth is, we have time. We just don't make time. Tomorrow is always there so we end up putting things off. Before we know it, everything is piled on top of each other.

  1. Learn to Multi-task.

I'm not saying you should juggle three important accounts at a time. I'm saying you can probably multi-task some of the smaller things on your agenda. Want to speed up the time you spend preparing for work? Maximize the time you spend in every room.

    • For example, after you take a bath, brush your teeth, shave and fix your hair all in the bathroom. Don't walk back and forth from your bedroom to your bathroom. You would be surprised at how many minutes all that walking around is costing you.

  1. Follow a Time Table.

If you're working on a big project, I suggest you create a time table. The easiest way to do this would be to print a calendar and work on it from your deadline backwards. Plot out what you need to do by this date or that date. Stick to this time table and you'll be alright.

  1. Time management strategies are often overlooked.

However, you would be surprised at how efficient your life will become once you employ some of them in your everyday routine.

I hope you all manage to reach that perfect balanced lifestyle!

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