Some say it’s essential to a happy or content life. Some say it’s a myth, that it doesn’t exist. Funny, because I’m not talking about Centaurs or Unicorns.
I’m talking about life balance. Whether it’s balancing your family life with work, or your personal hobbies with work, or juggling the whole lot of it. It’s tough.
I’ve been there, at times you get ultra focused, you dial completely in and nothing else in the world matters. Except, those other things DO matter and when they start to slip, for most of us, it can lead to disastrous consequences.
On a micro-level, you start to resent your work and life. On a macro-level, maybe your relationships suffer and your health starts to decline.
So, how do you balance it all?
For some, it’s as easy as being cognizant of what’s important in life and just making the rounds to check in on those fronts form time to time.
For me? It’s the Balance app.
Balance App on iOS
I love a LOT of things. Actually, let me rephrase that. I need a lot of things in my life to feel balanced. My family, meaningful work, the gym, playing guitar, writing articles, writing songs, walking the dog, reading, learning, meditating…I mean, I could put together one hell of a list.
It’s overbearing at times. Within Balance though, all I need to do is input the list, set the frequency for which I want to complete each item, and I’m reminded if I forget.
Balance also even plots a baseline for me. So that, overtime, I can plot the data and see where I stand and how I feel based off how “balanced” I was during any given period of time.
Here’s an example:
You can already see that I’m LATE with reading and writing in my daily journal. Actually, I’m late on everything. I’ve been pretty buried in work lately. I can feel the difference too.
Anyhow, once I’m reminded to complete a balance item, and I do it, I simply swipe right. Balance then marks the item as “done,” and stores the data from when the item was completed.
Each and every day, over in the Life Pulse section, you can see how balanced you’ve been in the past 30 days.
I’m actually falling down quite hard lately. That dotted line below is my baseline. Look how far I’ve dropped.
Check it out:
Interesting thing is, like I said, I’ve been feeling it bigtime.
So, you might think the app isn’t working based off its inability to remind me, but ulimtately, it really is helping me keep things in check. When I’m feeling out of balance, instead of wondering why, I can look at my app and see the data.
Ultimately though, this all still falls on your shoulders. The app just sort of helps you keep track of it all.
You can download a FREE version of Balanced on iOS. An upgrade version is available for around $2.99. Learn more at their website balancedapp.com.
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