This is the second of a two-part series dealing with how to bring balance to one’s work and life, inspired by creativity, practicality and the philosophy that would inform our lives if not restricted by having to earn a living.
As noted in Part 1, daily and weekly opportunities for balance are certainly available, even if we have to work to find them.
Here are methods to rethink your ability to have monthly and seasonally-adjusted ebb and flow.
Monthly balance can come in the form of attending to written correspondence with relatives out of state or country. (Yes, people should still write longhand. Or make a date to Skype if that’s your thing.)
Have you had a chance to try the new recipe or power tool for fun, not obligation? Soak in the bath or get out to the range?
How about all those other side-desk projects at home and at work that you never get to, which accrue plenty of mental dust? Just assign a day or two, monthly, to deal with them. Keeping track of your schedule over a month should allow you to see your patterns — where stuck, where accomplishment happened, what you stumbled upon and loved, and what you threw past your shoulder and are not worse for the wear.
Seasonally, definitely do what creative artists do and try to mark these larger passages of time. Get outside and walk a path in the woods when you are told there is an eclipse or full moon.
How about a new moon? Do you know what that signifies? Ponder it with your kids. Ponder it at work (just don’t tell your colleagues if you feel odd about it.) Regardless of whether you bring in ritual, you can honor the solstices and equinoxes by reflecting on your life and work goals recently past and on the cusp.
Try cross-country skiing for the first time, if you have always wanted to, or stay at home for the summer and read books at long stretches in the backyard instead of traveling.
Have you attended to those things, even in the slightest manner of time, that you would attend to if you had no worry of income? A season has passed. For sure, add it in. If not daily, weekly, monthly, do make sure you schedule time unlike any other in your work and personal life each season.
Look at how you have structured your life in the increments described (and even subcategories) in both parts of this series — your work day, your evenings, the extent of your week, your weekends, the full month and the season. No matter how dissatisfied or disgusted or distracted you might even be by present circumstance in your life, you still have the power to bring balance into your realm.
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Miles, L. (2013). Balance: How to Get There in Your Work & Life, Part 2. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 7, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/08/18/balance-how-to-get-there-in-your-work-life-part-2/