We’ve all heard the saying, “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.”

Even the best of intentions and the noblest aspirations can end up muddled if they are pursued at the expense of everything else.

For this reason, it’s important to strike a balance between your various responsibilities and interests. By doing this, you’ll find that the pursuits that matter most to you can actually fit into the overall picture of your life.

Balance is important for every stage of life – no matter if you’re in school, busy with a family, or retired. But what does a well-balanced life look like? More importantly, how can you start living a balanced life?

Today, we’re sharing our five-part strategy for achieving just that!

1. Identify what is meaningful to you.

In order to live a balanced life, you must first define what a well-balanced life means to you. This will mean something different for everyone –depending on your lifestyle, personality, and a range of other variables. What may seem balanced to one person would be horribly off-balanced for another, so it’s important to define this for yourself, and then set out make it happen.

For most of us, balance is finding that middle ground where we’re not feeling pulled or stretched in any one direction.

2. Align plans to your priorities.

Balance doesn’t mean writing down everything you want to do, and then trying to do it all. It means living consciously and purposefully, without feeling constantly conflicted.

One place to start is with your overall health. Our own self-care is often the first thing we sacrifice when life starts becoming unbalanced. It’s easy to say “yes” to coming into work early or staying late each evening – and before we know it – we’re tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. Your mental health and physical health are extremely important for maintaining a life balance.

Be more intentional with your time by aligning your monthly, weekly, and daily plans to your priorities in your Day Designer planner. Don’t have one? Try our FREE daily planning page to see how our system works for you!

3. Create time for valued relationships.

Just as important as making time for yourself is making time for others. Spending time with friends and family is essential to nurturing your relationships. Set dates with friends, play a game, go for a walk, get to know the people around you, and watch as your relationships grow.

4. Set boundaries – just stop or say no!

Carving out time for yourself is difficult, simply because it’s easy to let your time get pushed aside as other things crowd it out. Yet it is so important and crucial for reducing stress, increasing happiness, and inspiring creativity. Start with a few minutes, and work upwards until you reach a quality amount of time for yourself.

Evaluate your tasks and decide which ones are the most important and which ones can wait. Set boundaries and guard them closely! Learn when to say no, or yes!

One last thing – don’t forget to disconnect. Being connected nonstop from early in the morning to late in the evening will drastically undermine your efforts to live a balanced life. Set aside a time where you simply unplug and recharge! Turn off your devices and let your mind rest. Get outside, read a book, connect in person – and simply enjoy life the way it was before all the distractions came along!

5. Be flexible and open to possibilities.

The best way to find balance is to start small. Begin by making tiny, manageable changes. Simply being aware of the importance of balance will make a world of difference, and will open up your mind to new solutions when life starts feeling too “heavy” in one direction or another.

What about you? How do you find balance – or what is your number one struggle when it comes to living a balanced life? Let us know in the comments below!