We’re

all familiar with crazy days. The type of day where you can barely get yourself together; when your alone time consists of the moments between meetings, calls, and errands, or the few hours left in your day when you arrive home… (usually) late and exhausted. Too often guilt can set in because you’ve taken care of everything and everyone – except you!

Busy days, life’s stress and even overwhelming circumstances are all a natural part of life, but we often fail to acknowledge the toll that they can have on us.  We normally react out of desperation, grabbing the latest personal development book or scheduling a much-needed massage; in an attempt to bring balance to our lives. In order to truly recalibrate our lives, we need to create actionable steps we can implement. Without a reasonable, but flexible, structure crazy days can become out of control weeks and eventually the line between living an active life and juggling an unbalanced existence can quickly become blurred.

It’s time to take control of your life and to start implementing habits that put you on a path towards living a balanced life.

Let’s explore 5 steps to reduce the crazy and bring back sanity, calm and control!


  1. Create Your Space

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Creating a personalized space for yourself is priceless. It’s like therapy! Putting your mark on the space where you spend the majority of your time – this can be at work or at home – has physical, mental and emotional benefits. Before you start shopping for fabulous accessories, it’s time for a major declutter. Sort through everything in your space and remove anything that is not a necessity, that you don’t use on a regular basis, or that you don’t absolutely love. Keep only the things that bring you happiness and make life easier for you. Once everything is organized and clean, look for ways to add your own personal flavor: reconfigure furniture, replace worn, old, or uninspiring art pieces, paint the walls, and add beautiful new accessories! You’ll have a renewed sense of harmony and balance – a custom space just for you!

5 Habits to Help you Develop a Well-Balanced Life


  1. Read instead of browsing on your phone.

Spare time is hard to come by… or is it?

We often fill our extra time with meaningless activities like browsing social media or watching reality tv. Start using those extra minutes to create a better you. When you find yourself defaulting to your smartphone or endlessly scrolling through Facebook, stop, grab a book or your Kindle Fire and read. The act of engaging in one topic, one story, or one idea… rather than absorbing tons of trivial, irrelevant news, will help you to enhance your ability to more clearly focus, to learn new things, and to be present in the moment.

We often fill our extra time with meaningless activities like browsing social media or watching reality tv. Start using those extra minutes to create a better you. When you find yourself defaulting to your smartphone or endlessly scrolling through Facebook, stop, grab a book or your Kindle Fire and read. The act of engaging in one topic, one story, or one idea… rather than absorbing tons of trivial, irrelevant news, will help you to enhance your ability to more clearly focus, to learn new things, and to be present in the moment.

We often fill our extra time with meaningless activities like browsing social media or watching reality tv. Start using those extra minutes to create a better you. When you find yourself defaulting to your smartphone or endlessly scrolling through Facebook, stop, grab a book or your Kindle Fire and read. The act of engaging in one topic, one story, or one idea… rather than absorbing tons of trivial, irrelevant news, will help you to enhance your ability to more clearly focus, to learn new things, and to be present in the moment.


  1. 10 Minute Connecting

Connections are key to living a fulfilling life. If you think about it, our connections to others is what makes life meaningful. But, when you’re continuously consumed with adulting, it’s one of the first areas in our life to hit the backburner. It’s up to you to make a continued effort to engage in heartfelt conversations with friends and family. That means carving out time, which is most likely limited. If life is the busiest at home, try using your traffic-filled commute. If you don’t have a long commute time or you want to make the most of your limited time, time-blocking is the way to go. Spend 10 minutes catching up on recent events/milestones, making future plans, and maybe even scheduling an in-person get together and then move on to the next call. A few moments of casual conversation can lift your spirits and keep you in the loop, without taking up too much of your time.


  1. Develop Your Focus

The ability to multi-task is often hailed as a sought-after skill. I’ll admit it’s a great asset to be able to juggle several different responsibilities or tasks simultaneously, but multi-tasking doesn’t necessarily increase your productivity; in fact, it can do the opposite.

When you attempt to focus on more than one thing at a time, you can easily end up only giving a small percentage of yourself to each task, because you can’t give 100% to more than one thing, period. Start implementing behaviors that allow you to focus on one thing at a time: put your phone on do not disturb, set timers to stay on track and increase efficiency, or make a time-blocked to-do list. The result? You’ll be extremely productive, you’ll actually get more done, and you’ll feel overwhelmed less and less.


  1. Live a Little… NO – Live ALOT

We all are guilty of this one.

5 Habits to Help you Develop a Well-Balanced Life

We make time for work, family, friends, household responsibilities, and just about everything else, but ourselves. It’s time to give yourself permission to pursue what interests you and to start cultivating your own passions without guilt or fear.

This doesn’t have to be a monumental event… in fact, something as simple as spending an hour, on Saturday, reading your book-of-the-month at your favorite coffee shop, or spending the afternoon working on the personal development course you’ve been putting off. It may mean hosting a bi-monthly brunch with friends, taking yoga or Zumba classes, or even just touring open houses, in your dream neighborhood, to expand your vision for your life.

When you make time to experience what you love, it makes your heart full. You’ll have a greater sense of fulfillment and be more connected to who you are. Being present in activities that matter to you and truly experiencing each moment will help to fulfill you and fortify you; making it easier to handle setbacks, disappointments, and difficulties that will eventually come your way.


Have you recently made changes to improve your life? Share what’s worked and what didn’t in the comments.