Each day we make choices that influence our pace and quality of life, and often we are completely unaware of the choices we are making and how they affect our life balance. So often we are operating from habit, instinct or need. While it’s a good thing that we don’t have to think about every little choice we make, when it comes to creating a balance between our work-related activities and the rest-of-our-life activities, it is critical to be conscious and deliberate about our decisions. Otherwise, we find ourselves feeling the negative effect of our unconscious choices by feeling overwhelmed, out of control, stressed, or even sick.
As you start your new year, become more aware of the many decisions you have to make in a day and ask yourself these three questions: 1. Is this moving me toward or away from a balanced life?, 2. Do I have a choice?, and 3. If I don’t have a choice, what can be a positive perspective around this decision? Approaching the new year by consciously asking yourself these three questions can make a big difference in your personal and professional fulfillment.