Balance to Breakthrough
It’s the end of the week, and you’re absolutely exhausted. Feeling mentally drained, you can’t identify anything that you accomplished of real, lasting value. Week after week, you’re caught up in the same routine. Driven by habit, you’re going through life in autopilot. While busyness fills up the day, it doesn’t necessarily equate to productivity.
Maybe you catch yourself thinking, Life has to be more than this. What’s the purpose? Get up, go to work, finish chores, pay bills and go to bed, only to start again tomorrow. Over and over, the cycle continues.
Perhaps you sit down to read when out of nowhere you’re bombarded with a million thoughts. You name it, it’s going through your mind; laundry, dishes, cleaning, bills to pay, calls to make. Your mind races thinking about everything but the task at hand.
Busyness has become a way of life. The thought is that more activity leads to success. The misconception is that worth is measured by doing. The lie is that worry leads to some semblance of control in life.
Filling up the day with activity just to stay busy may give you the satisfaction of checking tasks off your list. While there are things you have to do, there’s a difference between responsibility and busyness. You’re not called to live a life of busyness, nor are you supposed to neglect responsibility. Being responsible, while leaving time for entertainment, results in a balanced, fulfilling life.
If trapped in a daily routine, it may be hard to concentrate on work while at work and home while at home. When distracted, it’s impossible to hear over your own thoughts or even hear yourself think.
Even so, not all distraction is negative. In fact, a bit of diversion to relieve daily stress is both positive and necessary. It serves as mental rest from the day’s worries. You may catch yourself thinking, I just want to get distracted. If so, you’re not alone. It’s vital to give yourself a break. Watch a movie, take a walk, exercise or go to the beach. Just do something to let your mind rest.
Distraction is negative if it controls and consumes you. You may notice yourself saying, “I have so much to do, and it’s hard to concentrate.” If unable to focus, it may be a challenging to finish tasks. In fact, It may be difficult to even start.
As the year comes to an end, take an assessment of your progress. Looking back on the year may leave you feeling frustrated. Perhaps you’ve achieved very little that you set out to accomplish. Not to worry. It’s time to break free from the same old routine.
As you close up the year to start another, keep these key points in mind to stay on track.
1. Set clear goals for the new year.
2. Prioritize your goals and responsibilities.
3. Identify small steps that you can take to get closer.
4. Don’t wait to fit steps into an already busy routine. Block off the time.
5. Identify things that you can do to break free from your daily routine, and do them.
6. Make time for yourself on a regular basis. Don’t wait to fit it in. Put it on your calendar.
If ready to go from balance to breakthrough, your mindset is a great place to start. Don’t dwell on how far you have to go. Reflect on how far you've already come. You can’t do all at once, but you can still do something. Focus on what you can do today.