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2 Habits That Keep My Life Balanced

As women we have so many roles that we fill. It can be overwhelming and exhausting at times. We manage the home, take care of our families’ needs, have responsibilities at work and church.

You may even pay the bills, schedule appointments, take care of extended family members, chauffeur your family from place to place, run the errands, make all the meals and more!

Sometimes we fill our lives with so many things that our lives start to become unbalanced, and certain activities take up too much of our time while other areas are neglected.

Think for a moment. What is one area of your life that is being neglected?

Is it your health? Your family? Your home?

I don’t ask you this to make you feel guilty but rather to have you take an honest look at your life right now.

If I ever feel like an area of my life is being neglected, I know that my life is unbalanced and I need to make changes. Here’s how I do that.

If you need more balance in your life, you are only 2 steps away from finding it! Check out what 2 habits you can make to keep a balanced life.

1. Know Your Top 5

Last year I read the book Say Good-bye to Survival Mode* by Crystal Paine, and that is where I first heard the idea to pick your top 5 priorities.

When you know what your top 5 priorities are in life, you know what you need to be spending your time on to have a balanced life. These priorities may change throughout the different seasons of your life.

Five years ago, a balanced life looked different than my life does today because my top 5 priorities are not all the same as they used to be.

My top 5:
  • My relationship with God
  • My relationship with my husband and my son
  • My emotional and physical health
  • My home
  • My blog

When I make a decision, I think about whether or not my decision is going to take time away from my top 5 priorities.

Recently, I was offered a teaching job where my son would be able to go to daycare for free. Having more income would be nice, but my husband and I knew that if I returned to work, our family time would be limited and I would have a hard time managing the home.

I also knew that if I went back to work, I probably wouldn’t spend the time I needed in God’s Word or taking care of my health. Knowing my top 5 priorities, made the decision easy to make: no, I wasn’t suppose to go back to work.

We all want to live full lives, but that doesn’t mean that our lives need to be overflowing. I relate my life to eating a meal. I want to eat enough food that I am full and satisfied. However, I do not want to fill my body with so many wonderfully tasting foods that I am stuffed and uncomfortable.

Fill your life with what make you satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed!

2. Evaluate on a Regular Basis

It is so easy to go through life on autopilot, isn’t it?

We follow the same routines and habits sometimes without even thinking about the consequences. Living life on autopilot can cause our lives to get out of balance without even knowing it.

Many times people only reevaluate their lives around New Year’s. They make big goals but don’t follow through because they don’t check in on their progress on a regular basis throughout the year. 

Decide on a specific time that you can take a good look at your life, maybe once a week or once a month.

Ask yourself if your top priorities are getting the attention they deserve. If not, make the changes that you need.

Create a Balanced Life

A Personal Note to You from Me

Lately, I have been finishing my blog posts a few hours before publishing them, and this has caused me to feel out of control and unbalanced. In the past several months, I’ve been working hard to make my posts the best that they can be by providing more content, better pictures, and proper grammar.

But all of that takes extra time, and the last two months I have felt overwhelmed with all of the work that needs to get done.

So I’m taking some of my own advice, and working on balance in my life by changing up the amount of times I post each week.

Instead of twice a week, I will be posting once a week on Monday mornings. I plan to do this the rest of May and June. At the beginning of July, I will reevaluate and make changes if need be.

I appreciate all of you who choose to come back here week after week and be a part of this community. You mean so much to me!

You, my readers, are a big part of why I am choosing to cut back. I want to give you the very best that I can give. For now, that means once a week. I appreciate your support!

So tell me, how do you find balance in your life?

 

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20 Comments


  1. // Reply

    These two habits sound very “doable.” I think I know what my priorities are, but actually writing them down and having them before me would be helpful when making decisions.


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      Yes, writing them down made all the difference for me! It always helps me to have something concrete when making decisions.


  2. // Reply

    This is really good, Emily! I love the idea of a “top 5” list. I’m going to work on that this weekend. Also, I understand the need to re-evaluate blogging and SO appreciate your desire to do it with excellence. I cut back from 5 to 3 posts earlier this year and I haven’t regretted that decision. I find that I’m even more inspired to write and I’m proud of the work I’m able to accomplish on the blog. You have great content and I love reading your posts!


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      Thank you so much, Whitney. I love your blog too and get so much inspiration from what you share! It is good to know others can relate to needing to cut back on blog posts. It was a decision that I really put off making, but I knew I needed to for a few months now. I’m glad to know that cutting back was the right decision for you too!


  3. // Reply

    This is good, Emily! I am in the process of tweaking and revamping several things and this has given some things to think about. Knowing your priorities is huge!


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      I’m so glad this was helpful, Nikki! Knowing my priorities had made my life so much easier when it comes to making decisions.


  4. // Reply

    Blogging is overwhelming! There is always something to be done. I went from blogging 5 times a week to 3 times a week, and am now at 2. I’m constantly reevaluating! And good for you about declining the daycare job. I’m actually hoping and planning to cut back on piano lessons next year so I have more time at home.


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      Oh, I hope that works out for you, Kristen! Yes, blogging seems like a never ending job. I really enjoy it, but I don’t want it to become a burden. The job offer was actually a high school position with the benefit of free daycare. I guess I should have been clearer. 🙂 Nonetheless, it wasn’t for me!


  5. // Reply

    Priorities are important and I love your list. You know exactly what you can handle. I went down from 7 posts a week to 4 -didn’t notice a difference in the amount of visitors at all.


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      They really are important! I’m glad you can relate to having to cut back on the number of posts. Every season of life is different in the amount that we can handle, and I knew it was time for me to cut back.


  6. // Reply

    Prioritize & Evalute. I love your train of thought. It really is that simple.


  7. // Reply

    I can totally relate! I am struggling to get content out just once a week… and as soon as I finish writing, I hit “publish”, without proofreading more than once. I am totally stressing myself out and need to come up with a better system. It’s been so difficult working full time, posting on the blog, keeping up around the house, and most importantly keeping my relationships tight. Thanks for the reminding me to prioritize what’s most important.


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      Hi, Angela! It sounds like you are very busy! I never knew how much time went into blogging until I started posting on a regular basis. I’m so glad this was an encouragement to you and hope that you will be able to find a system that works!


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    I have just come across your blog and can’t wait to sit down with a cuppa and have a proper read! This speaks to me so much, I’m also a stay at home mum and managing the house, quality time with my toddler and husband, and also down time for me feels like such a juggling act…in which I’m constantly dropping the balls! I love the idea of identifying your 5 top priorities…this would really help me to work out what to focus my time and energy on. Thanks for sharing!


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      Oh, Hannah, I can so relate! It does feel like a juggling act. Knowing my top 5 priorities was such an eye opener for me, and I hope that it helps you too!


  9. // Reply

    Wow you have a really great blog here . I have a blog as well and really haven’t wrote in months because life had been crazy and I felt really readers deserve quality over quantity. Definitely glad I found this blog, alot of great advice for any mom! Thanks for the tips. Makes me feel like there is hope after all :).


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      Oh, Angie, you made my day! I truly want to be an encouragement to those who read my blog. Thank you for taking the time to comment! I agree, quality over quantity! I had to step back to one post a week for that very reason. I hope that you are able to get back into blogging soon.


  10. // Reply

    Emily, it is so nice to see you are writing from the heart and keeping it real. You make it easy on the rest of us showing that we don`t have to stress to be perfect and follow high standards but to keep it simple and focus on the real needs of our love ones. Thanks!


    1. // Reply

      Oh, Jenny, you got that right! None of us will ever reach perfection, so it isn’t worth going crazy trying to be perfect! 🙂

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