As we grow, we need to develop every aspect of our life and maintain a balance. There must be a balance in the concentration and energy we put into every part of our life. Some crucial areas of a man’s life need development; this includes spiritual, physical, mental, academic/career, family, finance and social. Any part we don’t grow or are ignorant of will eventually starve. Often, we tend to put so much energy into some aspects at the expense of rest. As an undergraduate, I observed that I lived a triangular lifestyle: I’d attend my classes and go to fellowship, only to return home extremely tired sometimes. I’d usually just go to bed even without having dinner. I realized I wasn’t productive with time, and my lifestyle wasn’t sustainable: it was wearing me out. In this blog post, I’d be sharing the tips I employed to jump out of imbalance to a more balanced life with you.
Before we jump into the post proper, know that it’s expedient that you find “truth” that governs every aspect of your life in God’s word. Joshua 1 v. 8 (NIV) says, “keep this book of the law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Let God be involved, and let go of distractions. Do an activity check on what part of your life you’ve been investing so much in and what part you have neglected. With the information, you gather, draw out an action plan to fill the lapse and ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
Here are some tips to guide you to live a life of balance:
- Put God first: Give God the driver’s seat in your life, and be willing to obey as He gives you instructions. Isaiah 30 v. 21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind, saying, this is the way, walk in it.“
If you have not accepted Jesus into your life, and you want to accept him. Romans 10 v. 9 says, “if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Jesus already paid the price. All you need to do is accept that you are a sinner, believe that He died and He rose to take your sins, and confess Jesus as your Lord and saviour.
2.Plan your time: Planning can never be overemphasized; it’s essential in living a successful life. Planning is crucial for achieving our goals; however, all planning would be to no avail if we fail to stick to it. Moreover, we should all learn the act of prioritization when making our plans. Thanks to technology, there are different apps you can use to plan your time: these include Evernote, Todoist, Google Keep, Google calendar, sticky notes. Finally, develop the habit of writing things down.
3.Be organized: Being organized helps reduce time wastage and stress, make schedules, meet deadlines, and avoid procrastination. Moreover, put things in the appropriate place; Don’t scatter things around; It’ll help you become more productive.
4.Eat well, rest well and have a healthy mindset: Eating healthy food helps you to maintain a healthy body. It also increases alertness and reduces stress. Healthy foods include a variety of foods that help maintain proper body functioning and increase productivity. Having a healthy mindset that is positive helps to reduce stress.
5.Strategize: Know “when to do what” and “what to do when.” I could simply say learn to do the right thing at the right time.
6.Have a Goal: Have a goal for each aspect of your life: a goal must be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound). It is also important that you stick to the goal.
7. Build healthy relationships: make friends with people of like minds that encourage you to know God the more and also get better at what you do. Its important we invest in relationships.
Proverbs 27V. 17 says as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
In finding a balance, we have to be deliberate, conscious and intentional. Moreover, know God’s plan for every area of your life so you won’t be dissipating energy into things that are not necessary. Have goals, make plans, eat well, have a healthy mind that does not think defeat, be organized, strategize, don’t procrastinate.
Do an activity check today and take note of the aspects you need to work on and ask the holy spirit to help you.
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