Balancing work, family life, personal time and more can be quite a tricky task compared to simply managing your time and tasks in the workplace. Use this handy worksheet to work on your life balance.
While we're strong advocates of getting things done, we're equally as passionate about making sure you don't burn yourself out in the process. We've talked about life balance before suggestingyou add a work/life balance review to your weekly review process. What about keeping track of your work life balance however? It's great to realise you need it and even to come up with ideas on how to achieve it, but like everything from weight loss to saving money if you don't have a tangible way to track and review your goals you might find them sitting stagnantly on your to-do list instead of being achieved.
David Seah needed something concrete to track his life balancing goals. He created a creative-commons licensed tracking sheet designed to make tracking your work/life balance goals easy. He elaborates:
For my initial pass, I created a single sheet of paper to act as the focus of your day throughout the entire week. It's really just a glorified to-do list, designed around the idea of noting when you're doing the kind of things that you'd like to be doing every day. By the end of the week, you should get an idea of whether or not you were successful. Since it's a single sheet, you can keep it on a handy clip-board and carry it around with you.
The sheet isn't intended to provide fine-detail time tracking but instead to server as a scoreboard for goals over the course of the week. Did you spend time on a hobby you're passionate about? Did you get enough sleep? Did you fit in the time for friends, family, and relaxation you intended to?
Check out the full article below for more information using the Day Grid Balancer. You can download it as-is or grab the source file to tweak it to suit your needs. If you're already using some sort of tracking technique for your own work/life balance endeavours let's hear about it in the comments below.