Yesterday I talked about carpe diem and planning ahead and today I want to talk about balancing both.
When both things seem to be going in opposite directions learning how to balance becomes essential. It doesn’t comes natural for me to be in the middle. I am either black or white. I am going full steam with my business or completely taking a week off. I can work all day or not work at all. I can either exercise everyday or not for a full month. I am bad at balancing. But the older I get, the more I see the wisdom in the middle path. (note to self: study more about buddhism).
But why am I not good at it? I think it’s because being in the middle requires even more discipline than going full on. It’s like a dance, you have to stay on track at all times. It is much easier to let go. Because objects in motion want stay in motion.
In order to stay in balance I need restrictions. I need a guide. And that guide is my schedule. Having time blocked for enjoying the day and planning for the future. Doing what pays the bills today and doing what will pay the bills in 5 years. Spending quality time with my family and working on my projects. Sectioning the day will ensure that I stay on track with all parts of life, avoiding going too far to one end.
But let’s go even further, is it better to have a balanced day, week or month? Work for 2 weeks and take 2 weeks off? Work 5 days a week and take 2 days off? Work in the mornings and take afternoons off? Choices, choices and choices. Depending on your job you might not have those choices, but you can probably decide if you should clean the entire house on Sundays or do a bit everyday. We all have plenty of choices when it comes to batching and balancing our lives. And the best way to find what works for you is experimenting.
Currently I am trying to balance everyday. I find it hard to feel calm if I leave all the relaxing time for the weekend. I prefer 7 calm days than 5 hectic days and 2 breeze ones. The most important thing for me is to do my morning routine. The first few hours of the day set the tone for the rest and it’s extremely important that I follow my routine every single day. If I do it right, the day becomes a beautiful balancing act of joy and productivity. But more about this tomorrow.
Thanks for reading.