Category Archives: Strategies For Better Life Balance & Slow Living

Tip 5: Set Your Top Priorities

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Note that this blog post is part of a series. You can access all tips at Strategies for Better Life Balance and Slow Living.

Are you clear on your top priorities for the month or even the year? As the Merriam-Webster dictionary states, priorities are “something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives.” Priorities are not just what is important to us, but what we decide to put first. Read More →

Tip 4: Narrow Your Time Horizons

Time horizons

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Do you find it difficult to wade through all the constant noise in life, vying for your attention, and pinpoint what is most important? In day-to-day living, sometimes everything can seem to be a priority. “Where should I focus” may be a continuous refrain repeating in your mind. If this fits you, try narrowing your “Time Horizons,” which is an insightful exercise for determining what is most important in your life at this moment. As we have discussed in previous tips, being clear on our top priorities and values helps to guide us in making effective decisions about how we spend our time (and thus leads to better life balance and slower living). Read More →

Tip 3: Align with Your True Personal Values

Personal values

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Do you live your life in accordance with your true personal values? Personal values are another aspect we want to be clear on in order to make informed decisions about how we spend our time and live our lives for the goals of better life balance and slow living. Read More →

Tip 2: Determine Your Key Life Roles

Life roles

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Do you really know what is of utmost importance to you? I don’t mean just what is “important,” but what is über important. To live more slowly and improve life balance, we need to become crystal clear on what is essential in our lives. Because let’s face it, we have to make multiple decisions a day about how we spend our time. We are frequently asked to help out with our children’s activities, run a fundraiser (everyone needs more money!), take on a new project at work, assist with a community endeavor, mentor a younger professional, and so on. We simply can’t do it all, as much as we would like to, and that means often saying no to even the good stuff. Read More →

Tip 1: Find Your Slow Living Moments

Slow Living Moments

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Note that this blog post is part of a series. You can access all tips at Strategies for Better Life Balance and Slow Living.

I’ve been writing about careers and better life balance for a while, although I am rather new to the slow living movement. I finally “noticed” this concept during a period of feeling burned out after taking on extra work and experiencing a few significant changes and losses in a short time period. You could say I was ready to shift gears and contemplate life a bit more. Thus over the past year I have been delving into books, blog posts, articles, and podcasts to try to wrap my head around this topic. What exactly do we mean by slow living? Read More →

Is Slow Living the Answer to Work Life Balance?

Slow Living

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I’ve been searching for work-life balance for a long time. I imagine you have too.

Even before I had kids, life felt tremendously busy. I just couldn’t fit it all in, at least not in a satisfactory way. Then I added a husband and children to the mix. The busyness seemed to rapidly multiply each year after that.

As a career coach and higher education professional, I specialize in working with women who are also looking for work-life balance. They are tired and harried. They are caring for children and/or elderly parents, working long hours, and trying to squeeze in relationships and hobbies. Over the years I have helped them, and myself, create more flexible and meaningful career paths to better fit with the demands of life. Flexible work arrangements can make a significant difference in one’s work-life balance, which is why I am a devote advocate of such positions. They certainly have had a tremendously positive impact on my life. Read More →