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Overworked & Overwhelmed? It’s a choice you make.

The challenge of life balance is one of the most significant struggles faced by most people. Some are overwhelmed by the day-to-day demands of our careers, families, cell phones, internet, etc.. We often feel there is not enough time in our lives to do the things we need to do, let alone to do the things we want to do!

Enjoy the little things... everyday!

Enjoy the little things... everyday!

But you do have a choice and you must recognize that. You don’t have to be overworked and overwhelmed.

So many people ask me “how do you do it” and my response is very simple. I have a balanced life. I know when to say no and I know what I can handle. I also know what I need to fill my soul and be content. It’s a work/life balance. It’s a choice I make everyday. I know what’s most important to me in life and I hold that close to my heart and give it the time it needs. Everything else simply follows. It’s true, I work hard – and play harder! I have fun with it, business and personal. All I’ve ever wanted is a life full of laughter – and I remind myself that every day.

Truly, it comes down to twenty four hours. And it’s up to you how you use those twenty four hours.

No scientist or philosopher or great individual of the past has ever gotten more. 24 hours… That’s all we get. No amount of wishing, complaining, or creative time management will ever change that.  No matter how many personal productivity techniques we master, there will always be more to do than we can ever accomplish in the time we have available to us, no matter how much it is.

If you’re busy, overworked and overwhelmed – you chose that lifestyle.

It’s not really time management you should be looking into. Even though much has been written about proper time management, the advice is more focused on making more efficient use of time. Too much emphasis on time management makes one obsessive, always watching the clock and thinking about what task is scheduled next.

So perhaps it makes more sense to give precedence to choice management over time management?

Decide what comes first.

Living a balanced life is about integrating components of your life that are truly important to you and realizing that sometimes you need to make choices about what has to come first.

By choosing what comes first, sometimes there are sacrifices. But living a balanced life doesn’t require you to give 100 percent of yourself 100 percent of the time. There will be times when personal/family life and work collides but by knowing what’s really most important to you and making choices based on this criterion, you’ll be better able to balance your decisions.

Finding a balance in your life is an ongoing process. Life is in a constant state of change… a work in progress. Allow yourself the time to regularly reassess the direction in which you are heading. Are you on track, or have you temporarily derailed?

Again, everything is a choice. Do what makes you happy. Remember that.

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