A couple of months ago, I moved across the country to start a new life by the sea. Two years have passed since I finished chemotherapy. My cancer was gone, and when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see a bald and sick girl anymore. It just felt like the right time to start a new chapter of my life.
In my mind, I had beautiful (and very idealistic) visions of what my new, perfect life would look like! I would wake up early in the morning, meditate, practice yoga, work for a couple of hours, walk with my dog on the beach, make lunch, work a little more, write a page of my book, read someone else’s book, visit my sister and her kids, spend the evening with my husband, watch a movie and go to bed.
Guess how many days like this I have had so far?
None! To be honest, even writing down that list made me tired. 😊
It reminds me of a great TED talk by Nigel Marsh How to make work-life balance work, where he shares a step-by-step description of an ideal balanced day that he aspired to. It went like this:
Wake up well rested after a good night’s sleep. Have sex. Walk the dog. Have breakfast with my wife and children. Have sex again. Drive the kids to school on the way to the office. Do three hours’ work. Play a sport with a friend at lunchtime. Do another three hours’ work. Meet some mates in the pub for an early evening drink. Drive home for dinner with my wife and kids. Meditate for half an hour. Have sex. Walk the dog. Have sex again. Go to bed.
How often do you think he has that day? Ha ha, good answer – not even once!
I guess the key is to make realistic (not idealistic) plans.
In my blog, I would like to share with you a Daily Planning Tool created by Denise R. Green, the author of Work-Life Brilliance. If you’re like me, you might find it helpful 😊
Daily Planning Tool created by Denise R. Green
This tool helps to plan tasks that are most aligned with your goals, values, and priorities.