Life-Balance. What Fruity Sugar Stars taught me.

A row of shopping carts.Image via WikipediaIs there such thing as work life balance ? Can that ‘to-do’ list balance perfectly on the tip of your golf clubs and playdough ? (i.e. work, relaxation and quality time with kiddies)

In my world I often have to remind myself what my priorities are. It is somewhat of a natural inclination to want to do it all. It sometimes take the self discipline and precision of a black belt karate champ to stay focused on the tasks at hand.

Here’s an
exercise that often helps me visualize the need to prioritize :
The next time you go shopping take a good look at all the possible items there are on the shelves and then take a good look at your shopping cart. Clearly you will need to be making choices as you walk around those aisles as all the potential items wont fit into that cart. You get the idea already don’t you ? You can’t fill your cart all the way up on aisle one or you’ll be in trouble around aisle 3.
Same too in life, for the majority of us it’s volunteering for the PTA or heading the Food Drive just like it’s fruity sugar circles or fruity sugar stars. Or if you can handle fruity sugar circles and fruity sugar circles then there is no way you have the space for fruity sugar puffs AKA heading the Annual Bake Sale.
If only those hectic weeks in our lives came with a shopping list, things would be so much easier. It can sometimes get tough deciding what those ‘to-do’s’ of yours can be left on the shelf until next week and which ones must go into the cart this week.
I don’t have a magic formula however by tweaking those ‘to-do’s’ based on the priorities of the week or month you will have a better idea of what gets priorities.
So, is there such a thing as ‘life balance’ ? By being focused on our prioritized goals and cultivating our ‘to-don’t’ lists and fully understanding that there will always be more we want to put in ‘our carts’ AKA our lives, we all will be one step closer towards that shiny work-life balance checkout.
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Thank you dear airlines, thank you

It seems that the Airlines have done us all a huge favor. Now that most airlines charge us for a second piece of luggage we are going to have to think before we pack.

We have become such ‘what if’ packers. What if it rains, what if it snows, what if there is a heat wave .. by the time we have finished packing we look like we are emigrating. And who even uses half the items we pack !!

Bottom line is that from now onwards we will be more inclined to think what we will really be needing, and pack accordingly. Consider this : It makes packing quicker, a more efficient use of space, less shlepping, less unpacking and much freer on the mind.
SuitcaseImage via Wikipedia
Worst case we can actually pick up a couple of extra forgotten items.

Flying with less fatigue and a lighter mental and physical load. Thank you dear airlines, thank you.
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Don’t Do Until Others …..

You’ve heard the famous teaching about not doing something we don’t like to some-one else. In addition to this stellar advice I’d also like to cut the sentence to fit this blog namely : Do not do something YOU don’t like. Period.

Seriously, define what is loathsome to you and commit to get rid of it, outsource it or do it differently.

Life is too short to be spent doing things that drain you.

Is ironing boring you to tears? Barter with a neighbor. Still no luck? Call local ironing services and eat macaroni and cheese for an extra night if budgetingVarious antique irons.
is tight.

Doing things differently involves paring something really fun during the boring task or immediately after. So if scrubbing down the shower is horrific be sure to blast some awesome music or treat yourself to a Skype session with a good friend overseas.

The main point is to identify what is unpleasant and to make it go away…or at the very least be creative in ways to make it pleasant!

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The Organized Life is A Journey

They say that getting more organized is a little like losing weight. We do have to believe in the end goal but can’t fool ourselves into thinking that one ‘good’ week will result in going down 3 dress sizes. We must be careful not to confuse the certainty that we will succeed with the discipline to confront the brutal facts of our current reality. So whether you are working on getting the kids to bed earlier, making dinners ahead or clearing the clutter from around the house, don’t go looking for incredible overnight results. It’s like those lego bricks the kids play with the end result is being built brick by brick.

So the getting to a more organizeLego helicopter
d stress-free life is a process and a direction not an overnight destination.

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