Living a balanced life (setting expectation)

Up until now, we have only touched on expectations, but they are perhaps the most
important part of your balancing plan. Expectations come into play in several ways.
First, there are YOUR expectations.
What is it that you expect to get from a more balanced life? More free time? A closer
relationship with your spouse? The time to pursue an advanced degree?
Maybe, you want to learn to speak Spanish or ride a horse? Any or all of these things
are fine goals, but your expectation to achieve balance must take into consideration
that some of these goals will take MORE time away from your family.

So, the first thing you have to do is to get it straight in your own mind. What is
‘balance’ for you?
Is it more time for yourself? More time for your family? Don’t make a promise to get
more work/life balance and then squander that balance with poor planning.
What do you expect to achieve? How will this balance change your life?
Are you expectations realistic for the planned timeframe and actions you want to take
or are you dreams too large?
Once you have your own expectations under control, you’ll need to look to your
employer and your family and friends to be sure that you understand and can meet
their expectations.
It is all well and good that you expect to regain some balance in your life but if your
employer still thinks you should work eighty hours per week, you aren’t likely to get far.
Put it on paper. Then talk to the people most important to you and those whose
support is crucial – like your boss – to find out what THEY expect. Then compare
notes and figure out if everything is aligned.
If it isn’t, you’ll have to adjust the plan. Once you get the plan right, you can move
forward more quickly and with more success.


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