Let’s take the analogy of a drawer that is
You open the drawer and
something falls out.
The drawer is difficult to
close as it’s so full.
Assume this drawer is your life and the
time you have available.
Therefore when you have come
to the decision that you want to make time for other things
in your life and in doing so to be more balanced, you may
want to make room in the drawer to fit other new things
How can you do so if the
drawer is so full - there is no space?
One option is to take another drawer and
transfer some of the things to the other
In this respect the second
drawer could be another person who is helping you to do some
of the things for you and thereby freeing up your
This could be a delegation of
work or in your personal life getting help from friends,
family or a paid resource.
This could also mean moving
some things to the following week or time when you will have
more time available.
It is not uncommon in the workplace in
some cultures to set up informal unplanned
Freeing up space may mean
learning to say no when you are asked to do something at
and do not have the time for
You could say that you have
another commitment and cannot.
This could also be a personal
When I coached a business consultant, she
decided that she could not do a lot about what she had at
the present moment.
She thought very carefully
about accepting new work.
Each new opportunity that came
in she reflected upon and determined whether it was right
for her in many different respects.
How full is
your drawer? What can
you move out of the drawer to create
space? Take a review
of your work week and schedule for the next few months and make
some proactive work life balance