The great work/life balancing act


I always start my goal setting process using the principles of Goal Setting 101 : How to Set and Achieve a Goal! by Gary Ryan Blair (The Goals Guy) because I like the way he breaks things down into Personal, Family, Friends, Community, Spiritual, Recreational, Career, Financial and Household. I’ve created each of those as a category in the mental lockbox on Simpleology.

As I’m currently working towards a combined financial/career goal, many of the sub steps along the way are currently listed under those categories in the lock box. When I complete a short or medium-term goal, I can go to the lock box and see the next step, and transfer it back into the ‘live’ part of the system, where I can make it a goal.

The goals in the other categories I can draw on for the little rewards I award myself for achieving a step along the way. So for example when I get to the end of June and meet my first short-term target, I’ll probably take one of the smaller items off the ‘recreational’ list like ‘cook curried goat’ as my reward. Then when I set the next short-term goal, I’ll take an item off the friends or family category and use that as my incentive. That way, even though I’m working towards a single goal as my long-term focus, I’m keeping the balance across other areas of my life, instead of disappearing into my cave for a year and doing nothing but work. It should also stop me from putting the rest of my life on hold and letting the ‘bucket list’ get out of control.

If you’re working through this exercise with me, whether you’ve chosen to follow the goals guy/ simplology system, or an alternative method that suits you, consider incorporating a rewards system into it that’s designed to help you keep a healthy balance between your major focus and the other aspects of your life, without dissipating your energy. It sounds simple, I know, but it’s taken me a long time to find a system that works for me, and I’d strongly encourage anyone to put the effort in to refine a system that works for them.

You don’t have to start out with the perfect system, and you don’t have to follow any one system slavishly to the letter. Just start out with any system, take from it what makes sense in your life, and change the bits that don’t. We’re all individual after all, and what works for one won’t work for everyone. What’s important is creating your own individual system that helps you get things done.

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