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.

Nourish Coaching – Feed your Career Cravings – Satisfy Life’s Appetite.

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  1. March 03, 2014 at 2:50 pm,

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    Thats some good advice – thanks for sharing

  2. kafer

    February 11, 2014 at 11:13 am,

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    Balance is a tricky thing to achieve.

  3. yyon4699

    January 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm,

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    thank you for this article

  4. January 05, 2014 at 10:21 pm,

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    some very valid points covers everything

  5. stacey_max

    January 04, 2014 at 12:18 pm,

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

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    January 03, 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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    such a great read, and really informent

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    December 01, 2013 at 9:13 pm,

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    We all need to be reminded of these things as we stroll/rush through life.

  10. sonja_holness

    November 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm,

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    I’m still trying to find the right balance.

  11. November 30, 2013 at 12:19 am,

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    finding the right balance takes time.

  12. meimei

    November 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm,

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    I need to take some times to relax too :)

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    I really need to learn to relax :)

  14. meltingmoment

    November 03, 2013 at 8:42 am,

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    Thanks for sharing this – I probably need to try to relax more.

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    Great article thanks so much. Inspired !

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