Six Steps to Re-Balance Your Life

JG-Standout-PPT-graphics-2-150x150by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz

No matter where I’m delivering a keynote across this country I hear the same comments: “I want more time with family and friends… I’m way too busy and way too stressed… I can’t seem to get organized…There aren’t enough hours in the day… My life is out of balance and I don’t know what else to do.”

If these sound familiar, you’re not alone! As I share in my new book and keynote, “10 Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd: How to Out-Think and Out-Perform the Competition,” balanced days rarely happen for any of us. Think about that day at work when everything went wrong, but when you got home things got better. Now think about that day at work that was awesome. And then you got home and things fell apart. Balanced days? No. Normal days? YES! All days have their ups and downs. That’s life.

When it comes to life balance, you really don’t have a personal life AND a professional life. You have a LIFE. Achieving balance is not about making all things equal. It’s about having a sense of well-being in your life at ALL levels. Here are six steps you can take to make that happen.

1. Decide what’s really important in your life. What do you need to do to keep your job, your family, your financial security and your health intact? What less important things can wait until later?

2. Once you’ve gotten your priorities in order, start taking action in the important areas and stop reacting to every unimportant little thing. As we all know, reacting to life can be exhausting.

3. Slow down. People who complain about being tired and stressed have often over-committed and over-extended themselves. It’s great to be involved in extra enrichment experiences, but everyone needs some down time now and then.

4. Spend within your means. You’ll never feel balanced if you spend more than you have, carry serious credit card debt and buy things you don’t need. Wealth is not about what you have, especially if what you have was bought on credit! Wealth is about what you will have for the future, for emergencies, for retirement and to live a life that’s safe, healthy and free from financial worry.

5. Make your health a priority. When you’re caught up in everyday routines it’s easy to forget that in order to do your job, be a good leader, handle change, maintain healthy and loving relationships and live long enough to reap the rewards of your hard work, you have to take care of yourself.

6. Make time for yourself and stop trying to fill every minute with something to do, if that’s your tendency. Don’t confuse boredom with simple contentment.

Remember, the key to creating a balanced life is intention. Life balance isn’t really about what goes on outside you, but what goes on inside you. For more strategies from my keynote on how to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD  in a positive way, check out my 10 new video clips on Youtube.


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  1. Gwen Bratton April 4, 2012 at 9:20 am · · Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters. I have been feeling like my life was out of balance and that I am always in a tailspin with those unexpected crisis. I feel that I am everyone else’s caretaker, especially in the workplace and it is probably because I try to do and be it all. This does wear me down. I do feel that my job defines me. I have 2 children who are married and 6 grandsons that live an hour and four hours away. So, I don’t want to have my job define me. I am working on changing this and looking for that balance. I love the statement at the end where you said “Life balance isn’t really about what goes on outside you, but what goes on inside you.” I believe this is true. I also realize that how I work and respond to situations in the workplace is a witness to others. My attitude can affect the attitude of my staff. So, I need to be a good example by how I respond and deal with each issue. I do know what I need to do, but reading what you write helps me put that into action. Thanks for what you do.

    • Glad they are helping! I’m sending out a new one in a week or so, with a three minute video. Hope you enjoy it! And thanks for writing.

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