I often hear people say that trying to create work-life balance is like trying to find a unicorn. Well perhaps there is some truth to this, however there is more to this statement.
We all have 1440 minutes in a day and how we choose to use those minutes is up to us. Why is it that some people are far more productive with their time than others? There are many reasons. First, the most productive are intentional with their actions and they have a written plan. Secondly, they are good at eliminating distractions and clutter from their life. Third, they understand that there are seasons in life.
The Oola brand educates people on the 7 key areas of life, which consumes all of our time and energy. The 7 key areas of life are fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends and fun. Oola has never advocated for splitting up our 1440 minutes equally to each F. That’s not balance or very Oola. It would be unrealistic and impossible to follow. What Oola teaches is there are seasons in life that may require us to spend more time on a specific F over others. If you are starting a new business or job, you are going to need to spend a considerable amount of time and resources on your field. If you are taking care of a sick parent, then your focus should be on family or if you need to regain your health, then fitness should become your focus.
Where you give your time and attention is based on the season of life you are experiencing. This is a good thing! You should shift your focus when needed. This actually moves you towards balance even though it may temporarily throw you out of balance. Like a change from winter to spring, your focus changes to something new. The key is to be mindful or keep checking in on the other F’s. Occasionally, check on how you are doing in the other areas. Knowing that you will be through the current season you are experiencing, you can begin to explore what you need to focus on next.
The term work-life balance can be misleading to some. The true intention of a balanced and growing life is to look at what you want from your life in each key area. Identify what you want to experience in each F. Write a goal and decide when you want it completed by. Then, identify the actions steps you need to take to make it happen.
Balance is about having a life plan, which will lead to new growth. It’s not some unrealistic expectation about how you spend equal amounts of your time each day. Once you understand the concepts of seasons, you can finally begin to gain balance and control over your life. Embrace your seasons to minimize stress and anxiety, like when you are trying to locate some mystical creature, like unicorns.