When we have multiple pulls on our time things can feel out of balance. It’s one of the main things clients come to me with — needing re-balance of one kind or another. And yet, each and every experience of ‘out of balance’ has the same origins. When we know that, balance gets a whole lot simpler.
I wrote recently about leadership and said I’d write a linked piece about balance because it’s such a common feature of experience and something that was more than a one-liner.
The out-of-balance problems I hear from clients tend to show up as:
- I’m so busy managing the team I never get to stakeholder relationships
- I don’t have time to think strategically because I’m so in the day to day
- My days are full of meetings, when do I do my work?
- I’m frantic trying to manage a job, family and house – and then there’s friends to keep in touch with too
- I spend my time head-down in the business and don’t get to look up for inspiration
Which of these sound familiar?
Normally we identify what we believe to be the source of imbalance — it’s those meetings, those people, this responsibility — and then we look straight to tools practices and approaches to use to fix these broken aspects of our life. Once they’re behaving in the way we need them to, we’ll be OK.