You get up at a certain time every day.
You get ready and get yourself to work by a certain time.
You work with schedules and deadlines all day. You have certain things you need to get done in a certain amount of time, or on certain days. Without these guidelines, the business would fall apart, right?
You get off work at a certain time.
From that point on – everything falls apart.
You didn’t plan dinner, or you don’t feel like cooking, or the house is a mess, or you can’t find the energy to get some exercise.
Running your home life is just as important as running your work life.
* You and your family need healthy meals to stay healthy and be able to perform at your best everyday.
* You need a clean and relaxing environment to rejuvenate and be ready for the next round.
* You need some exercise to keep your body thin, healthy, and full of energy.
* You need recreation, and quality time outside of work to keep your head on straight and not burn out.
* You need communication and quality time with family and friends.
These outside of work activities should be given as much priority as you give your working hours. That’s what life balance is all about. But most people totally ignore the other half of life and give it little importance. With a little attention, and a little bit of planning, you can truly live your life to its fullest.
Plan fast and easy meals using lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. They require little or no cooking and make creating a variety of meals a snap. Plus you’ll stay healthy and lose a bunch of weight.
If you tend to have lots of laundry – throw a load in to wash while you’re preparing and eating dinner. Throw it in the dryer after dinner. A load a day keeps the piles away.
Clean the kitchen up every night – period – no excuses. Once you get in this habit, you’ll find that your housework has gotten easier.
Do one housecleaning task every night. Only spend 15 – 30 minutes a night.
Fold the laundry.
At this point you will have spent an hour and a half to 2 hours. You still have another 2-3 hours before bed. Isn’t that cool?
It didn’t take all that much effort, did it? Just a little planning.
I try to have all of my house cleaning and grocery shopping done during the week so weekends are for spending with my daughter or friends, or doing other things that I want to do.
It’s how I’ve designed my life. How will you design yours?