Today our modern lives are a series of choices and decisions. This allows us a certain freedom to shape our lives that our grandparents and great-grandparents were not given. Today we live by modern mantras such as ‘Life by design’, ‘You can be anything’, ‘Do what you want to do’ and ‘You can have it all’. We all have access to the benefits of modern life from various technologies such as computers, fast food, social media and mobile phones. Our lives are now shaped and enriched by a tapestry of globalisation. We are able to complete our responsibilities at home and work faster than ever before. Nevertheless, the fast pace of our modern lives tends to leave us ‘time-poor’ to consider our range of choices. Time-poor is when we lack free or spare time and/or are under pressure to complete tasks quickly. This may lead us to be impulsive when deciding what will add value and what may disrupt our balance.
What we buy and what we bring into our homes is always in a constant state of flux. As individuals,we are also growing and changing as much as the procession of our belongings. As our interests change so do the items we need, and we want change to reflect this. Rightsizing summarises balance as a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. Bringing balance to our everyday lives is an ongoing process. Work-life balance is the division of how one’s time and attention is split between working, family and leisure commitments. This modern term clarifies how all our elements of work, home and health fit and work effortlessly together. When this flows harmoniously it is an uplifting time that allows us feelings of connectedness, high motivation and increased life satisfaction. However, when this synchronicity is interrupted and our lives become out of step we feel overwhelmed, chaotic and exhausted.
When this happens the first thing to do is to ‘press the pause button’ so we can reevaluate both our obligations and commitments to assist in the bringing back of harmony to our world. Living in a balanced way is self-perpetuating. One positive action in a certain area will spill over into all our life segments. Learning the art of saying NO will help to bring what is really important to the forefront. Some examples of realigning our balance might be saying ‘NO’ to junk food by choosing healthier food options, reducing social outings and even limiting our Netflix bingeing on weeknights in favour of a few extra hours of sleep! Balance is a skill that takes time to cultivate and achieve. Balance and organisation work together to allow us to be clear about how we interact and interpret the space around us. Using The Rightsize Approach will encourage and establish systems to enable you to balance the clutter in your life.