Like you do not have enough hours in a day?
Do you find it tough to say no to new tasks out of guilt or a false sense of obligation, even when your plate is already full?
If you said yes to any of the above and are struggling to achieve a balance in your life, I'll let you in on a secret - You are not alone.
Take a deep breath and read on about six easy steps to lead a healthy lifestyle and reclaim control of your life. Yes, you read that right. In fact, I’ll repeat it - Six easy steps to better manage your time, care for yourself, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Approximately two years down the road, I felt like something did not seem right, you know, seemed off-balance. Even though I excelled at my job, my energy levels were not optimal; my clothes weren’t fitting well (nooo wayyyy), I wasn’t comfortable in my skin. I needed clarity, and that’s exactly what I decided to give myself.
I sat down and reflected on what was working well and what wasn’t. I examined areas of my life where I didn’t spend enough time and other areas which were selfishly receiving too much of my energies. I was in search of equilibrium. I was truly inspired to act. I wanted to take charge and be in absolute control of the areas in my life I knew I could take control of. Kind of like defining the best scientific hypothesis to steer my life both personally and professionally in the direction I desired and in the thriving environment I envisioned.
And that’s how I created this secret little dashboard which gave me the control I yearned for in striking a successful work-life balance in a very demanding environment. I highly recommend you try these:
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Six Steps to Creating your Ultimate Healthy Lifestyle Dashboard
1. Set goals and be strategic
Introspect and be honest with yourself. Write down SMART* goals that will take you where you want to be. Be specific and don’t overcomplicate; for instance, if you’re going to spend more time with your kids, or want to read more, or want to stop answering emails beyond a specific time, define the action and let that be known to you and those around you. Establishing a timeframe or deadline works wonders. In the end, it boils down to developing a simple, effective strategy that will take you step by step to achieve your goals.
(*Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound)
2. Prioritize moving your body
3. Plan and prepare to beat the snack attack
4. Set boundaries & focus on energy conservation
5. Make time for passions & hobbies
6. Use technology for accountability
Summing it up
What else will you add to your healthy lifestyle dashboard?
If you have a personal story and lessons learned to share about how you’re owning your career, write to us at [email protected].
Liana Roopnarine has 11+ years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry with major oil companies in Europe and South America. She has worked across engineering, supply chain management, business development, operations, asset management, and most recently, carbon capture and storage.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Asset Management, both from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.
Liana is also the founder of LowCal Palate (@low_cal_palate), a online healthy eating kitchen and healthy lifestyle blog. LowCal Palate advocates the importance of healthy eating habits, regular physical exercise and offers a quality supply of all-natural health products to supplement the local citizenry's diet.
Liana is a registered engineer (R.Eng) by profession, an enthusiastic coffee lover, a fun, creative, compassionate human being who is extremely passionate about climate change mitigation and low carbon emerging technologies.
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