Finding perspective and balance for your 24/7 life one minute at a time.
With so many distractions in our livesincluding always-on technologyit can be easy to lose perspective. This doesnt have to happen, though. By taking a moment here and there to prioritize whats important and whats not, you can reduce stress and gain better balance in everything you do.
Technology such as tablets, smartphones, the cloud, Wi-Fi and more allow us to be in multiple places at the same time. We can talk to a client while picking up our children, work while lounging on the beach and check on production output while waiting for a flight. Technologyand the speed of life it enablesoffers great opportunities, but it also has the potential to take over your life if youre not careful.
Stress Is on the Rise
Im not sure if stress is really on the rise or if it only seems that way. Many surveys report the constant access to technology and the pressure to respond to and monitor it can indeed be stressful. But there has always been some new thing that has caused distraction and brought new stressors into the lives of people. Perhaps whats different today is that were actually hearing about stress from more people more of the time.
It could be the stress of leaning about new technologies, the pressure to constantly adapt and re-evaluate your business or career, or the growing need to learn moreand fasterthats creating the inability to maintain balance.
Small Adjustments Can Make Big Changes
Finding and maintaining perspective is an important skill to acquire, and creating balance keys on gaining perspective.
You know the major components of your life: your physical, cognitive and mental health; your family, friends and significant relationships; your job, career or business; your financial situation; your education, training and skills development; your community; your home; your beliefs; and your activities, hobbies and interests.
To achieve balance, some people reevaluate their lives and make significant adjustments. People struggling with addiction, poor health, anger-management issues or other significant challenges may need to make significant adjustments.
Most of us, however, will find its the small adjustments that make the difference. Most of us dont need to quit our jobs or leave our spouses or downsize our lives to reduce stress and achieve balance. We just have to gain a better perspective and make a few different choices each day until we change unhealthy, unconscious patterns to find balance.
About the author
Tara Orchard is a coach, trainer, consultant and writer who applies her insights into people and Masters training in psychology to facilitate performance improvements, relationships and communication for people and businesses. She has worked with organizations to deliver clarity on culture and brand, develop their people and manage relationships with social network communities. Over the past 18 years she has consulted with 1000's of people who want to make effective transitions in their lives. Tara has a knack for hearing what people are thinking and helping them see what they need to see. She is the founder of her own career and social network coaching business, works with several other organizations as a coach and consultant and is about to complete her first book on the "psychology of effective social networking". Tara invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn .LinkedIn