This time of year, we are reminded of the significance of BALANCE as it relates to our daily existence. We are returning to school…establishing rituals and routines that will remain with us for the next several months. We are once again reminded of how closely Mother Nature’s changes outside correspond to and reflect the changes taking place in our lives.
The Autumnal Equinox occurs once a year when the sun crosses over the celestial equator moving south into the northern hemisphere. For us Minnesotans in the far north, the Equinox will occur on September 22, 2012. On this date, night and day will be approximately equal in length…12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. The Equinox therefore demonstrates BALANCE and is the perfect day to contemplate how BALANCE, or the lack thereof, is playing out in our own lives.
Most of us are living our lives out of BALANCE. Whether we’re working too much and not playing enough or playing too much and not working enough, we could all benefit from taking some time to consider how we spend our time and then decide how our time could be better spent.
How do we do this? There are literally hundreds of web sites out there, from just as many points of view, that offer guidance to achieving a balanced life. However, the responsibilities and circumstances of each person’s life vary so greatly that a “one size fits all” approach may not be appropriate. So, then what do we do? Isn’t there at least one simple rule that can help us all move a little closer to a balanced life?
My mother always taught me to get my work done first and then I could play. So, every day after school, I did my homework, practiced my piano and did my chores . Then, I was free to do what I wanted to do. I think this is the one simple rule that has helped me achieve my goals, both big and small, throughout my entire life: Get the tough stuff done first…then the rest is easy.
So, whatever your priority might be, whether it’s getting your college degree, getting physically fit or any other objective you have set for yourself, you have tasks that you can do every day that will bring you closer to your goal. You, and only you, know what those tasks are. Get them done first and you’ll feel better about everything else…you’ll feel more BALANCE in your life.
Need a little motivation? Check out “Eat That Frog!” and other resources linked below.
- GPS LifePlan
- Managing Time When Learning Online
- Budgeting Time for Online Coursework
- Handling Stress