Life is a Balancing Act: Self-Reflection

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Last week I talked about time, and this week I wanted to spend a bit of that time on some self-reflection and what that means for me and for balance in my life.

So what do I do with that last 10 hours that’s my truly free, unscheduled, not normally filled time?

I’d like to say that I spend it sewing or making jewelry or doing more writing.  In reality, it probably ends up being additional TV time a lot, at least lately.  I checked my Get Your Words Out habit tracking spreadsheet, and I’m actually averaging a little over 21 hours a month on various writing projects, be that novels, fanfic, editing, blog posts, or what have you.  So That’s a solid 1-4 hours a month that I’m spending on writing above and beyond the 17 I did this past month for Camp NaNoWriMo.  That’s almost half my free hours on average, but there are still other things I want to do, other priorities I want to set in my life. Continue reading

Life is a Balancing Act: Time

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I balance things in my life and it seems like everything in life can be boiled down to a balancing act.

You hear a lot about work life balance these days, which I think is misnamed.  It’s important to strike a balance between your work life and the rest of the things you want and need to do, but work is still part of your life.  A big part.  And there are a lot of other parts too.  Time with family and friends, time doing things you love, time alone, time taking care of yourself, pets, and others.  There’s a lot to balance.  So I wanted to take some time to look at how I balance things in my life right now. Continue reading

Priorities: Knowing What’s Important

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about priorities.

Being able to prioritize is an amazingly useful skill.  Most people have to prioritize in their work so they can be efficient and juggle competing demands.  You have to be able to prioritize in your personal life to balance work, friends, family, and solo pursuits.  You have to prioritize in your budget for the necessary things (like rent, utilities, and food) and the things that are important to you.

When there’s enough time and money to go around for everything on your priority list, the act of prioritizing doesn’t seem that important.  It’s when you’re short on something, or your list of priorities has grown while your resources haven’t that it can get hard to balance everything. Continue reading