With the onset of yet another year, setting a theme to act as your guiding light and aid in decision making is paramount. My theme or in this case themes for 2019 are GROUNDED and SEEN. I settled on grounded because my intention is to get out of my head and implement most if not all of the ideas that I have had over time. Seen was because it has reached a point where I am past being comfortable with being behind the scenes.
It is advisable to build one thing at a time and once it has stabilized you can move on to the next. The only problem with this advice is if you are multi passionate. It leaves you conflicted on what to drop and what to pursue. While staying true to my theme of staying grounded it feels like I have been dropping a few balls. If I am being completely honest it feels overwhelming at times and I end up with half complete tasks. The rest of the time is spent wishing for a magic wand to just wave and voila things will magically get done.
Having put so much work on myself (books,conversations, trainings, videos, podcasts) at times it feels so surreal that I have reached a point where I know who I am, what I want to do and achieve. I have this fire burning inside of me and I want to do it all and have it all but I have spent so much time mark timing it feels like I am playing catch up. I had set out to put out at least two posts a week and even one has proved to be difficult. Other than the blog, I have my day time job and three other projects that I have running on the side.If you don’t clearly set out what you want to achieve things can get out of hand.
Here are 5 tips that can prove useful when you feel out of balance
- Always have your end goal in mind
Having clarity on what you want to achieve is key and the first step to finding balance. It helps you avoid wasting time and energy by being more intentional with what is important.
- Set goals
Set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound) in all areas of your life (Health, Finance, Career, Home, Relationships, Creative, Spiritual, Personal development) you name it. Your goals should be well thought out and as detailed as possible since you will refer to them regularly to make sure you are on track.
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first”. Mark Twain
That sounds disgusting but what EATING A FROG means is doing those important tasks that you are likely to procrastinate first. You can also take it up a notch higher by setting only three important tasks that you should accomplish by the end of the day no matter what happens.
- Ask for help
No man is an island. At times we feel like we can handle it all on our own or do it better but it feels good to receive help. Don’t shy away from asking or accepting help.
- Self Care
It advisable to take a break from your work. Delve into something that will make you unwind. Stretch, meditate, watch a funny video. Do what tickles your fancy.
I hope this will help take the edge off when you feel like your the world is crumbling.