Keeping the Balance Part 3 Top Tips
By Megan Egerton
Figuring out what is draining you, prioritizing and looking at what needs less focus and what needs more of your time is tough – particularly with all the demands military life throws your way.
My advice is to review your commitments to yourself, those who are important to you, the pressures of work and all the things in between on a monthly basis. By reviewing your commitments regularly you can keep on top of what is important to you and where you want to spend your time.
Top Tips for Keeping the Balance Permanently:
1) Talk to friends and family about what your priorities are and what you are going to do to follow through with them so they can support you
2) Write them down – when you put pen to paper you are making a bigger commitment to yourself
3) Review your promises to yourself regularly (at least monthly)
4) Choose a time to exercise for 30mins and organize for 30mins a day
5) Make your hour non-negotiable and at the same time at least 5 days a week
6) Create or find a space for yourself that you will enjoy being in and won’t make you feel stressed out or uncomfortable
7) Ask others for help if you are struggling to carve out an hour a day
8) Track your progress so that you can enjoy feeling successful
9) Share your accomplishments with others and enjoy the praise
10) Set short and long term goals for exercising and organizing
Your life is a work in progress. Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t have immediate successes or have complete failures. You will learn more about yourself from your failures than your successes.
The bottom line is that you need to take time just for you each day to organize and exercise and by doing this, other pieces of your life will fall into place more easily (most days).
Megan Egerton – www.whileyouwereaway.org