• Linda Farnden

8-step Balanced Life Plan

Are you striving to create balanced life where you would feel good about all the important areas in your life, such as your wellbeing, your family, your work or your finances? Do you want to make time for the important things rather than getting swamped by the day-to-day tasks? Today I am going to share with you some tips on how you can bring more balance to your life and prioritise the important things. Sounds good? Keep on reading! Plus, I have a special FREE gift for you at the end of today's blog post!

It all starts with some planning. Planning is an activity that's not urgent but important. The time you spend on planning will be repaid tenfold later in the week, because you will know what's happening during the week and you won't be running around like a headless chicken, feeling stressed and disorganised. If you are someone who dislikes planning and don't do it very often, I invite you to reflect on what impact is the lack of planning having on your life. There is a saying: ‘’If you fail to plan, plan to fail.’’ Enough preaching!

Here is the 8-step Balanced Life Plan in detail:

1, Your mission

Set aside some quiet time to reflect and answer the following questions:

  • ‘What kind of a person do I want to be?’

  • ‘How do I want to be remembered when I am no longer here?’

  • ‘What do I want people to say about me?’

  • ‘How do I want to contribute?’

This is important, because if you don’t take time to really clarify the bigger picture, which is your mission, how do you know if you are living the way you want to? Is the direction you have chosen the right one for you? Are the decisions you are making aligned with who you aspire to be?

2, Your roles

Once you know what your mission is, think about your most important roles. What are they? Are you a wife, mum, daughter, employee, business owner? Pick your top 5 roles. What do you want to achieve in these roles this year? This month? This week?

3, Six key areas

What are the most important areas in your life? This is where the overall life balance is created. This is where you distribute your time and energy. It could be areas such as family, wellbeing, job, finances, hobbies, growth, spirituality etc. Do you want to know the best bit? Once you start intentionally working on one area, it creates a positive ripple effect and it starts to impact the other areas. For example, if you focus on your wellbeing, your feel better and happier, and this then impacts your productivity at work and how you interact with your colleagues, your family or your friends.

4, Wellbeing plan

Choose three to four favourite strategies you will use in the 12 months to nurture your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. For example, emotional wellbeing can be nurtured by watching a comedy or listening to uplifting music when you feel low or sad. Use this as an ongoing source of go-to strategies and create a routine in your calendar to include these strategies on a weekly basis. Treat these as non-negotiable hospital or GP appointments.

5, Quarterly goals

Set to to three quarterly goals for your roles as well as your six key areas. E.g. my goal for health could be to build up a running routine from 10 minutes twice a week during the first month up to 20 minutes four times a week within the next 3 months. Start with larger quarterly goals and break them down to smaller monthly and weekly goals. And don't forget to celebrate the progress!

6, Monthly planning

Choose one of your 6 key areas that you want to focus on this month and set three simple actions. Get in a habit of focusing on the key areas for a month, one by one. Review your progress regularly and reflect on your month at the end of it. Reflect on your achievements and on what went well, as well as on what can be improved, what didn’t happen and why.

7, Weekly planning

Start by emptying your mind and writing down all the things that need to be done. Once your head is clear, you will be able to utilise your brain power to plan clearly. The next step is to reflect on your previous week and carry forward any outstanding tasks. Pat yourself on the back for the things that went well and learn from the mistakes or set backs so that you don't repeat them again. Set one action for each of your roles and put them into your schedule. Then schedule other events, such as recurring activities, important commitments, wellbeing & self-care time, family time, date night etc. Add appointments and meetings if relevant. Add other things based on your personal / family needs, such as a meal plan, weekly shopping list, to-do list, kids' schedule & clubs etc.

8, Revise daily

Review your weekly schedule on a daily basis and adjust as needed. Be flexible about your schedule and commitments but try not to compromise on the key roles and your wellbeing and self-care. Work and chores will still be there, but your health won’t.

Thank you for your time! I hope you found this plan helpful. And now for the surprise! If you like this 8-step plan but might be put off by the sheer amount of time it would take to set up, I have good news for you! I have created a Balanced Life Planner you can print out. The planner has all these steps included in and is pre-designed for you to fill in all the important details. Click on the button below, fill in the contact form and you will receive an email with a link to your free PDF printable planner!

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