Everyone strives to live a balanced life, as it is often at the top of people’s lists when it comes to lifestyle goals. However, with all the things we’d like to achieve, it can be hard not neglecting certain parts of our lives while trying to focus on a single accomplishment. These areas include, career, health, relationships, family, and other hobbies. Once you know what your priorities are, use some of these tips to help you balance different areas of your life.

Kill Two Birds with One Stone
Being able to do two tasks at once is a great way of maximizing your time and using it to maintain balance . Audio tapes are great if you’re trying to learn a language, studying a subject, or finish a book. You can listen to them while doing housework, commuting to work, or on the treadmill. You can look for more multitasking opportunities to help balance areas of life.

Develop a Routine
Having a routine has been shown to reduce stress, as well as help with better time management. Routines make your day more predictable, and therefore run more smoothly. As we get use to our routine, we start to work more efficiently and save time that can be used towards area of life that need more attention. A routine will help you feel more grounded and less scattered, which is beneficial to creating a feeling of balance and harmony.

Use a planner/schedule
Your routine doesn’t have to be the same every day of the week, so use a planner or schedule as a visual tool to see which areas are getting most of your attention and how to best adjust time spent on each area of life. If you can see that it’s been awhile since you’ve had a family outing, or that you haven’t made time for your social life, then use your schedule to plan one a weekend or more in advanced.

Eliminate Distractions
Life is full of distractions that keep us from focusing on the important things in life. By dedicating yourself to eliminating distractions, you’ll gain more control over using your time wisely and on the areas of life that hold more meaning to you.

The trick to making positive changes in your life is through the understanding that they won’t happen overnight. Just trying to be conscious of where of what areas of life you distribute your time will be a great improvement, and you’ll continue to gain awareness and be able to make adjustments to live with better balance.