Free Time Balancing (June 12, 2016)

For this week’s blog I want to dive in and really chat about spare time.  Each week I notice family, friends, co-workers and my clients struggling with what they want to do versus what they feel they should do in their free or spare time.

Work life balance is having a schedule with allotted time for all the elements of your life and not allowing one of the elements to “take over”. Sometimes, you have no control over this and that is ok.

The key is to scheduling “time off” or “me time” – whatever you choose to call it in your personal life.  Your time off does not need to always have a place to go, a person to see, etc.  Sometimes, the best free time comes without a plan and lands up being an adventure or more importantly a newly created memory that brings a smile to your face when you think back upon the day.

The work week of Monday to Friday has its constant place in our work life balance schedule with work, exercise, family time, etc. If you are a Monday to Friday schedule person, allow yourself the ability to not plan or schedule your next day off or weekend and see where it takes you.

Each time I take this approach to a day off, weekend off or just unplanned time, it’s always amazing to me how much fun, laughter and just living in the moment happens.

Many of my clients have taken this approach and were pleasantly surprised to realize that our lives do not have to be booked, scheduled and have tasks assigned 24/7.

For those of you reading this blog, how much “me” time do you have each day? Please tell me you allot one hour per day for just you. Calm. Quiet. Relaxation. You with just you and no one else.

For each moment you give to yourself allows you to grow and be stronger on all levels. Your coping skills increase. You can take on anything that is thrown your way without panicking, emotion or the inability to see through a resolution.

So I ask you, when is the next time you have time for you without an agenda?

Here’s a list of unplanned tasks that was developed from a recent work life balance seminar that I facilitated:

1. I chose to be a kid again and bought a jug of bubbles and went in my backyard and got lost in the memory of being the younger version of me.

2. I did a one minute spontaneous dance and it was awesome!

3. I filled the bathtub to the brim with lots of bubbles! The bathroom floor was soaked and I laughed so hard it felt good!

4. I walked to the store and bought a chocolate Popsicle and felt like I was 9 years old again!

5. My husband and I had a water balloon fight and we laughed until we could not laugh anymore.

The above five points are from clients that participated in a work life balance seminar. I share these with you as they are simple and easy to do. It brought so much joy and laughter to them from this ‘unplanned’ time that it’s now part of their #worklifebalance.

Enjoy! #stress #resilience

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour”. -Zen Adage


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