If you’re like a lot of people working in philanthropy today, you’ve got all kinds of things going on in your life. You work, go to school, you have kids, you do household duties, and countless other things that can wear you out and bring you down. The good news is you can avoid feeling stressed out and out of balance by delegating some of what you do to others.
Doing it all is not good and is not necessary! Ensure that you take time for yourself. Get the people around you to shoulder their share of the burden. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with working hard and trying to do all you can for your family. However, they should give back to you, as well. Love from them is great, but you also need help with the dishes and laundry, right?
Whether there are chores around the house or tasks at work, you can hand some of them off to other people. You can distribute the workload more evenly. There’s no shame in that. It’s not the same thing as having someone else do all the work while you sit back, relax and do nothing. Instead, you simply understand that one person should never be expected to do it all.
For example, you and your spouse are both work full time. If only one of you does all the household chores is one-sided and can lead to resentment. It puts your life out of balance and can make you angry, as well as irritable. It’s much better to sit down and come to an agreement on who will perform which chores, and then stick to it.
If you have children, they can also take part in chores. Even if they’re young, they can be taught to put their toys away and keep their rooms neat. As they get older, they can be given more responsibility, until the household “runs itself” more efficiently.
Similarly, work should be delegated throughout an office environment.
The delegation of chores and tasks can bring balance back to your life. If you’re seeking that balance, understand that you can find it right now through delegation. It’s worth it. You’re worth it! Having a balanced life is important for both physical and emotional health. You aren’t going to achieve balance if you spend all your time doing things for others.
Some of the things you do in life have to be done for you. Take a walk, get some exercise, play a game, or simply sit quietly and read a book or watch a movie. Maybe you just want some extra sleep. No matter what it is you desire, it’s time to get it back and bring your life into balance in the process. Start today, and move forward.
In no time, you’ll see that you feel better physically. Your emotional state and outlook on life will both be more positive because you have balance. Just as physical balance is necessary to keep a person walking straight and moving forward, emotional and life balance are needed to stay on the right path toward overcoming problems and finding more joy in everyday things.
You may worry about delegation because you don’t want to upset others or ask too much of them. That’s natural, but it doesn’t have to stop you from feeling better, doing what’s right for you, and fulfilling your goals and dreams. The balance in your life is more important than that. People who really love and respect you will recognize and honor that.
You can be honest with them about what you need, and they will do their best to give it to you, because they see it as important, as well. They know about the power and importance of balance in life. If they don’t know, teach them, so that both of you can be strengthened and empowered to move forward in the future.