Balance in the Modern World

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.

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Divide and Conquer

Setting Priorities

Projects that we embark upon will be even more successful if we prioritise our tasks. A priority is how much time we attribute to each of the components involved in completing a task we are engaged with. Priority-setting is simply the breaking down of your project into sequential and manageable steps. When priorities are clearly mapped they enable our focus and offer achievable outcomes. As your project starts to materialise, setting in place the order of priorities becomes a stepped structure that you can customise your time around. Progressively you will be able to see which steps are to be taken first and what is the natural order to complete them in. This allows you to track the progress of your project as you tick off the assigned tasks. The benefit of applying this type of planning is that you will achieve the management of your time efficiently. Priorities should incorporate some sort of flexibility. Life can get in the way of even the best-laid plans, so look at the opportunities when this happens and stay focused on your overall vision.

The main things to consider when setting priorities are the following points:

  • Concentrate on the most important things first—When we are Rightsizing, we look at the items we know we would like to KEEP before addressing the items we would like to discard.
  • Know what you do well—Focus on what you do best and ask for a helping hand with those things that may be more challenging. For example, moving heavy items or listing items for sale online.
  • Be realistic in your planning process—Your ultimate perfect Rightsize outcome will take time to complete. Set yourself reasonable goals that promote success within you own capabilities.