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If we’re all so frazzled, why do you look so happy?

James Speers - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Allowing time for relaxation as well as responsibility is a challenge for everyone. But clearly some are really succeeding at it. What the heck are they doing that I’m not?


Everyone has to work to find balance in life. It‘s just that some people have actually mastered, or nearly mastered the process. I’ve been going to school on those guys.


I’m a logical person. I’m organized, conscientious, thoughtful, grateful…so how do I get to work life balance? I decided to make a list of things that my balanced friends do, and another list of things that my frazzled friends do. Now I want to share what I learned from this exercise.


This is Lindsey’s 9 Ls of Living in Balance. It’s brought to you by those who are leading by example.


  1. Leave work at work. It’s exhausting and unproductive to live like you’re on the clock 24/7. You’re not. You have a right to enjoy being just you too.
  2. Let it go to voicemail. No one has the right to interrupt you whenever they feel like it. Keep a special ringtone for family emergencies or babysitters if you need to, and let the rest go during free time.
  3. Live in the moment. How can you live in the moment when you’ve put your mind on the banquet table for everyone else to devour. Even diners close.
  4. Liberate your spirit. Balanced people compartmentalize parts of their lives. They are focused at work; and they are focused at play.
  5. Laugh it off. Don’t take everything so seriously. We’re all on this planet for such a short time. Shouldn’t we spend more of it releasing endorphins?
  6. Lose the compulsion to check email. This is a big one. Like housework, it will wait. Who’s running your life? You or Outlook?
  7. Look at something besides your smartphone. Please.
  8. Love what you do. Maybe it’s time for a change. That’s okay too. Change is healthy and exciting and forces you to see the world with new eyes.
  9. Let you be enough. There’s only one you. That’s the one I want to know; not the one that is trying to be what everyone else expects you to be. People will love you the way you are.


I, for one, will be working on this list until I get it right. Enjoy your summer!

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