I recently attended a Covey Seven Habits seminar. It reminded me how necessary the planning process is for me to stay balanced. I’m not talking about just time-management; although that is a very big component. I can’t be balanced if I’m missing appointments or running out of medical supplies for the Type 1 kid, if I can’t remember whether or not I paid the cable bill or if I’m constantly wondering “what’s for dinner”. Organizing my time is important but I’m more concerned with planning to ensure I’m internally balanced.
For me, internal balance means that all four components of myself – spiritual, mental, emotional and physical – are aligned properly. I remember once hearing it described as the four legs of a chair – if one is broken, the whole chair becomes wobbly. I personally need all four aspects to be pretty closely aligned.
In order for this to occur, I need to plan. I need to make sure I incorporate time for exercise into my week. With our crazy schedule, it’s too hard to get to the Y for Zumba so I go on walks instead. I make sure I incorporate daily prayer and meditation. Sometimes life gets way crazy and my prayer is simply “help!!!” but for the most part, I talk to God every day. And I try to always remember to say thanks.
So, you get the picture. In order to stay balanced, work on the four legs of your chair. Take time to do some good for yourself spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally as best you can through the week. Treat yourself well – you’re all you’ve got!