Is a Balanced Life Possible?

Posted on Sep 18 2015 by Gary Mason

Previously we examined how unrealistic expectations and demands placed on pastors can lead to depression. In my last blog, we discussed the importance of vacation time and its positive impact on pastors. This blog will discuss creating balance in your daily schedules. Without a healthy work-life balance and periodic rest, the result can be frustration, relationship difficulties, burn out or workaholicism.

Being aware that your life lacks balance will help you contemplate on which aspects are non-existent in your life and should be added and what should be lessened or removed. It’s not about striving to live a balanced life but rather it is about reflection and examination of your schedule to carve out space for God, self, others and work activities. For many the idea of reflecting on their busy life is an exercise that further adds tension and frustration. You could allow this exercise to frustrate or discourage you but I would suggest that this can be a positive experience.

One useful tool that I employ in my practice when working with pastors and other professionals is the Balance Schema Assignment which identifies the aspects of daily living that need to be considered. It is not about finding a perfect balance in all aspects and categories. Many have done this exercise and commented on how helpful it was in determining where change can be achieved in personal schedules and the creation of space for essential aspects of life. If you are interested in obtaining this exercise please request it through the space provided at the bottom of the blog.

When reflecting on your daily schedule, you will find yourself wondering which activities are time wasters that are diminishing productivity. You will also determine how you can create space for God, times of leisure, physical activity, connecting with your primary relationships and work activity. After doing the exercise and implementing the deemed changes you will have more productivity, and experience deeper relationships with God and others. Isn’t that what bringing balance to your life is all about?

 

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Wendy Hofman  is the founder and Director of Veritas Counselling Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Find out more about them by clicking here.

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