Maybe it's a bit unconventional, but consider that balanced life doesn't mean doing everything equal amount, but instead, it's prioritizing the important in your life at the very moment.
Obviously, when you're sick, health will be your top priority. When you decide to focus on your career, everything else will take a step back. When you meet the new lover, you'll want to talk to them and only them, and no one else can fill that void. When you have a baby, that'll be your number one. It's just the way it is and that's okay!
When you have your priorities in order, you will be able to go in and out of parts of life without trouble and focus in on the most important things at the moment. Sometimes it will be family, sometimes friends, other times health, money, travel, work, etc.
That's why there's a season for everything.
So make a list of your current priorities. What are the top 5-6 topics most important to you right now? You can start with what's most important in general, but then you have to get to that list of what's important for you today. If you say your health is important, did you work out today? Did you eat healthy? Did you drink more water? And if not, what did you do instead? Put those things as priorities and really analyze your time. If you'd like to do better and are certain you can do it now, rearrange your priorities and really make an effort to put it on your calendar and do better.
Someone asked me if I feel sad when I miss out on acting gigs when I'm visiting home. I did feel sad before but now I've changed my outlook so I don' t feel so anymore.
Years ago. there was a time when I was home and had to extend my stay because my mom was having a procedure done. I didn't tell many people. During that time, a pilot I was cast for had a representative contact me to come in to fill out paperwork. I asked if I could e-sign it, since the director who cast me already knew I was going to be out of state. To that, the representative told me that no, I could not e-sign it and that I was kicked off the project, and "have a great vacation". What nerve, I thought. She didn't know why I was there, and to assume I was on vacation... To my knowledge, the filming either didn't happen or didn't go anywhere.
During the same stay, a short film written with me in mind for the female part went forward with filming. I later was told, "you would had been much better." That project was later abandoned as two parties couldn't agree on how to proceed, so it never saw the light of day.
I was also asked to double an actress on a show I really loved. They proceeded to call each time I was out of town! I suppose it was not meant to be and perhaps it's better that way because I met another actress from that show in a non-industry setting, and she went on to star in the spin-off!
I was supposed to be where I was. There was a reason I was there. That reason was my priority. Everything else could wait.
You never know what will happen but don't regret something you couldn't do while you were attending to what's most important to you. Remember what matters most.
So succumb to what matters most in the moment. Be with your family when they need you, pay close attention to your health and take care of yourself, travel to your best friends' weddings, put in the work, support your friend's project, travel to your most wanted destinations, learn what you need to learn, love the person with all your being - but prioritize each item at a time. Let it really sink in and fill your soul. Don't let it share space with other categories. Be real with yourself. If you're working 80 hours a week, some things are going on the back burner. If you're having an exciting week, sleep might have to wait.
When you get better at prioritizing, you will be able to switch focus better and quicker and will be able to give it your all to multiple priorities within a day. But start with one.
Enjoy where you are. Make your decisions consciously. And prioritize the important, not the balanced life. Be present with life, not the idea of it.
To refresh your memory or if you haven't read it before, I invite you to read my most popular blog post - 3 Reasons Why You Need to Be Where You Are.
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