Happy that 2016 has arrived? I sure am.
My last post was December 4th. I’ve been slightly distracted — a brief hospital stay (thanks to my wacko heart), and side effects of a new medication, kept me from posting. BUT, I’m back in action and really happy and grateful to be writing again!
So, dare I bring up Resolutions for the New Year? If you made any, have you kept them?
Many moons ago I stopped making resolutions. Why, you ask? Simple. I rarely kept them and then suffered remorse, which resulted in doing MORE of what I had resolved to do LESS. 🙂 I decided that a more positive path would put more balance into my life. Focusing on BALANCE — that’s the answer! Every area of our lives, food, exercise, family, work, all require balance.
The question is, How do we manage this juggling act, we call life? I have some ideas on this topic. I’ve tried many methods to get this miss-mosh of a life in order. Some have been somewhat successful, others might be referred to as a dismal failure. What’s imperative is that we KEEP ON TRYING! Here’s a suggestion, based on something that I always need to do: MAKE A LIST…
There’s no way to have balance in our life, if we don’t know what it is that we value. So…
1. MAKE A LIST— not in any specific order. Do you value Work, Fun (recreation), Health, Friends, Spirituality, Family? Any others? Write them down.
2. O.K., now take another sheet of paper and place it next to the list you’ve just completed. Write PRIORITIES, at the top of this page. Don’t rush. Think carefully.
3. Now, take your first list and write those things that you value, on your PRIORITIES LIST, in order, of course, of priority! How important is each one to you, and where should it fit in on the list? Don’t worry, you can’t make a mistake — this is YOUR list. [Actually, I found this the most difficult part — What? You don’t want FUN to be your #1 priority???] 🙂
4. Next, take your list of priorities, and and create a chart that will allow you to manage your time in relation to your priorities. Write the amount of TIME (hours, minutes) that you are willing and able to devote to each. Hmmm, is this exercise starting to make you feel uncomfortable? Don’t panic, you’ll figure it out, and nothing is written in stone. Time is fluid, and sometimes we’re forced to make adjustments.
At this point, you’ve carefully examined your list of priorities — you’ve committed, in writing, those things, tasks, and people that you value the most AND, you’ve established the amount of time that you’re able to devote to each. GOOD FOR YOU!
For ME managing my diabetes HAS to come FIRST on my list, and I imagine on yours, as well. Most of us Type 2 diabetics have learned that, if we don’t put management of our diabetes first, nothing else falls into place.
Reflecting at the end of the day (I journal) has helped me to see what area(s) need to be improved.
Making time to do those things that make us happy, bring enjoyment to our life, is IMPERATIVE.
We only go this way once, folks! At least, I think so…
HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear readers, and may 2016 bring laughter, love, and good health into each of your lives — Oh, and BALANCE too!