I stumbled across this quote:

“Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” Robert Fulghum

I like the fact that it covers work, study or applying thought as well as what may be fun or down time. So how do you make sure you have a balanced approach to your life.  Life is made up of many things and for each of us that wheel of life may look different.

Typical examples of things that may be featured include:

  • Health & Fitness – Looking after yourself
  • Work- this may be your own business or an employer you work for
  • Study or Personal Development- things that you are or want to learn
  • Family – spending time with family
  • Friends – spending time with friends, this may also be referred to as Social time
  • Relaxation or maybe Holidays – ‘time out’ and recharging sits here
  • Religion or Spirituality – whatever makes you feel connected to the world
  • Financial – Financial goals such as house purchase or saving for holidays etc.

So if you were to draw your wheel of life first identify where you spend most of your time. Then notice where you do not spend so much time.  Could this be where you need to invest in order to have balance?

For me, I have always enjoyed working, enjoyed my career and thrived on having lots to do with people.  If I am honest and look at where I spend my time, it is largely balanced between family, friends and work.  To gain some balance I need to connect with myself more that means spending more time on me.  Be that Personal Development, Health & Fitness, or Relaxation and Spirituality.

I am trying to create Balance that works for me now.  This will change as the months pass.  As circumstances change.  This is something I need to check in with.

For me I am going to try and balance my fitness goals…as well as doing hardcore exercise classes I am going to try yoga and stretching classes.  Take a solo walk on the beach and take in the sunshine.  I am tempted to try meditation and tame my monkey mind.  I am looking to read when I can instead of zombie out in front of the TV.   I want to make sure I am a present mum, wife and friend.  Able to concentrate on conversations even though I am constantly interrupted by my children!

This should lead to me having balance, right?

So who is Robert Fulgham?  He wrote a book in 1988 called All I really need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. A book of uncommon thoughts on common things.

About The Author

Sally-Anne Blanshard is the founder and Director of Nourish Coaching and helps people reinvent their careers, businesses and life through structured coaching programs.  She has been featured on TV, Radio and is often quoted in newspapers and magazines.  Sal is also proud mum of two amazing kids and keeps her head above water with great coffee, great conversations with friends and a great husband.

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  1. mom73211

    16th October 2014 at 8:10 pm,

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    Great ideas, a balance between all of lifes little things, is the hardest thing though.

  2. mom57522

    27th September 2014 at 10:21 am,

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    Need to focus on learning and work. Everything else is good.

  3. jabelle

    31st July 2014 at 1:25 pm,

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    Always something we have to continually work on. We don’t always get it right, and that’s ok. Sometimes having it not work out teaches us valuable lessons that we need to continue forward.

    1. ginoula5

      24th August 2014 at 7:47 pm,

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      Exactly, so very well said.

  4. ruby_renee_cherie

    10th July 2014 at 10:20 am,

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    i need to invest more in deep muscle massages!

    1. mom56842

      25th September 2014 at 4:01 pm,

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      Sounds like a good idea, I’d try that as well.

  5. no1ladydj

    30th May 2014 at 10:44 pm,

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    It can be really difficult to prioritize the things in our life, but for our sanity and wellbeing, we really have to. Life goes much more smoothly if we are organized, and also allow ourselves a bit of “me” time to regenerate our body and mind.

  6. catgrrl3

    27th May 2014 at 4:53 pm,

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    getting a balance that works for all the family can be hard, but I do try

  7. mom56842

    27th May 2014 at 1:06 pm,

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    I notice that I don’t spend much time asleep, four, five hours sleep really isn’t enough. Thanks for your article, I should probably prioritise more.

  8. 19th May 2014 at 8:45 pm,

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    I think it’s a lot easier said than done!

  9. 3rd March 2014 at 2:50 pm,

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    Thats some good advice – thanks for sharing

  10. kafer

    11th February 2014 at 11:13 am,

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    Balance is a tricky thing to achieve.

  11. yyon4699

    29th January 2014 at 10:03 pm,

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    thank you for this article

  12. 5th January 2014 at 10:21 pm,

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    some very valid points covers everything

  13. stacey_max

    4th January 2014 at 12:18 pm,

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    If only it was that easy! Still a good read.

  14. ljsalomon

    3rd January 2014 at 11:03 pm,

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    Enjoyed reading – thanks for sharing.

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    thank you for sharing this read

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