“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life lies in eliminating the non-essentials.” Chinese Proverb.
Living in balance is not about having a myriad balls in the air and doing all you can to not drop any. That’s not balance, that’s juggling. It’s like running uphill hoping your legs won’t give while you’re running out of breath.
To achieve balance, one has to be willing to drop some balls. It requires clarity and the willingness to put what’s really important ahead of the non essentials.
To be clear of what essential is, we need to get to know ourselves. We need to be honest with ourselves and identify the activities that support as well as those that undermine our sense of well being.
It takes no time for things to creep into our daily life and our schedule. That’s why it’s important to review and revise constantly. By keeping a watchful eye, setting clear boundaries and eliminating the non-essentials, we ensure that what we invest our time and energy in, reflects our priorities and goals.
No aspect of our life and work can ever flourish without our attention. When we work on a project where other people are involved, we make sure to meet and discuss the details, deadlines and progress. We make sure that, every action point and every step we take, brings us closer to the successful completion of the project. When it comes to working on the project of our “life” though, we forget all we know.
Let’s begin by taking a good look at our habits and determine what activities and daily habits qualify as “non-essential.”
Invest 5-10 minutes each day to review and revise. Aim to minimize the time you invest in the “non-essentials” by moving them to the bottom of your to-do-list…. Give priority to what really matters – at work and at home.
When someone asks you to make a commitment, think carefully before you say yes. Saying no can be a lot easier than you think and practice makes better.