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Life is one big rollercoaster, said Ronan Keating in 2000. Well, it’s been almost 18 years since that song was released, and the sentiment remains the same. Life is indeed full of ups and downs, just like a rollercoaster, and we are under more pressure than ever before to have it all. We all want the perfect Insta-life, where we have a perfect career, home, social life and family. Along all these, we want our finances to be balanced, solvent and secure. We don’t ask for much, do we?
Trying to assess your life and find a balance in every aspect of your existence is hard. For every individual thing that goes well in your life, there is something else that fails. If your career is going very well, you may find your friendships are falling by the wayside. If you are spending a lot of time partying, your career may suffer. So, how can you put your life into order so that you can keep a total balance of everything?
The biggest trick of balancing your career is not to work too hard. Give as much as you can of your efforts and your energy, but don’t spend every waking moment at work or working from home. You need to be able to feel rested, awake and alive with life and you can’t do that if you are constantly sat at your desk. Make a point of finishing work on time and only offer overtime if you have to.
Finances will be secure if your job is secure, and no job is ever secure. Make sure that you are aware of the best balance transfer credit card to get the best deal for your outgoings. Sorting out debts may seem like a huge wall to climb, but if you chip away at it you won’t have to worry about it for too long. Ensure you have a good savings account and enough money put away for a rainy day.
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Seeing family ties in directly with finding a balance in your career. If you make time to spend with them without electronics and TV getting in the way, you can create memories for children that include you, and include those you hold dear in your memories.
When you look at your overall health, are you happy? Do you eat well? Do you work out? If not, why not? These are questions that you have to answer for your own peace of mind, so don’t be afraid to ask yourself what you want for your health and put that first. You can’t enjoy a career or family if you are constantly run down and sick.
Trying to commit yourself to a balanced 2018 won’t be the easiest journey you ever take, but it will be one that you will thank yourself for the following year. Your future and your ability to enjoy life rests on giving yourself less stress and more good memories.