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Principle of Balance in your Life

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The principle of life identifies the six to eight dimensions of your life that are important to you. Different approaches to this are:

  • The roles you play in life for example: husband/wife, father/mother, manager, colleague, team member, sports player, community leader, or friend;
  • Areas of life that are important to you for example: artistic expression, positive attitude, career, education, family, friends, financial freedom, physical challenge, pleasure, or public service; or
  • Your own combination of these (or different), reflecting the things that are your priorities in life.

This approach assumes that you will be happy and fulfilled if you can find the right balance of attention for each of these dimensions. And different areas of your life will need different levels of attention at different times.

A balanced life does not mean getting five in each life area: some areas need more attention and focus than others at any time. And inevitably you will need to make choices and compromises, as your time and energy are not in unlimited supply!

Once you have identified the areas that need attention, it's time to plan the actions needed to work on regaining balance. Starting with the neglected areas, what things do you need to start doing to regain balance? In the areas that currently sap your energy and time, what can you STOP doing or re-prioritise or delegate to someone else?

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