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Balance Your Schedule Based on the Life You Have, Not the Life You Want

When you are trying to balance your schedule, do it based on the life you have right now. You will get the best results if you don’t schedule based on what your dream life would be like. 


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You can find serenity by learning to balance your schedule based on the life you have, not the life you want. Whenever a group of working moms gets together, the subject of work/life balance inevitably gets raised. It doesn’t matter if the women work at home, in their own businesses or for other companies. The women who seem like good balance artists are asked their secrets for success. The women who have trouble balancing are frustrated and often on the verge of tears.

Over the years I have learned that the secret to balance at my house is working with reality instead of the dream. By this, I mean that I schedule my activities both personal and professional based on your real life. For example, my teenagers must be up at 6 am so they can be at the bus stop by 7 am.  Everyone gets home from school and work between 4:30 and 6pm. I like to have dinner on the table by 6:15. Then I set aside time for family Which means that there is no point in scheduling any work from 4:15 pm to 9:00 pm because my children and husband -will be up and running around occupying my mind and my time. No matter how much I would like to sit down at 6:00 pm and write or talk with clients, it will not happen, at least not without more drama than it is all worth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When you schedule, be sure you put the following things in our calendar before adding your schedule:

1. Children’s school and activity schedules
2. Spouse’s activity schedule
3. Your religious obligations
4. Your work obligations

At the start of each school year when I get my children’s school calendars, I take the time to actually fill in days off, half days, HSA meetings, school breaks, concerts, and the like. I make sure to keep track of my husband’s work events on my calendar. Events for church I add to my telephone right at church while I am reading the weekly announcements. Once all that stuff is in the calendar I see what time is free and available. This means when I schedule time for my work obligations, I don’t have to feel guilty or stressed because I have taken everything and everyone else into account.


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A secret for me is an electronic calendar. I use an electronic calendar because it means my calendar is on my phone, my tablet, and my laptop. If I lose or break any of them, I still have my calendar “in the cloud.” One benefit of the calendar being on my phone is that I can carry the phone ifn my pocket or on my hip and have an alarm go off when it is time to do the next thing on the schedule. My scheduling for balance wasn’t perfect day one of using an electronic calendar. It wasn’t perfect on day two either. But now, it does work well for me and I continue to schedule purposefully, and with my actual family and obligations in mind.


To read more about work/life balance, check out the following:

Work Life Balance  – Learn New Tricks – It is fantastic to know there is always something new to learn in the work-life balance battle. Click here to read more.


Avoid Excess and Learn to Balance Work and HomeI am a woman who works at home and know it is very easy to slip into working during all my waking hours. Click here to read more.

Also, check out our Confidence Tip of the Day YouTube channel for hundreds of videos on creating the confidence you need to succeed.



In conclusion, you can find serenity by learning to schedule based on the life you have, not the life you want. So, the question for you this fantastic day is, are you scheduling your life based on reality or on a dream?



12 thoughts on “Balance Your Schedule Based on the Life You Have, Not the Life You Want”
  1. I agree with you completely, I also schedule my work around my kid’s schedule as trying to work while they are around just creates frustration for everyone.

  2. a very good way to think about, the things we finished before the year end, that means we can start for a new things we plan for the next year

  3. Exactly! Since my kids are all attention hogs, I do not plan to do things when they are up and around. By making this one change, I made my life a lot better and eliminated a little stress.

  4. I like to share ideas I learn from experience or hear from other moms on how we can balance all the balls we need to keep in the air.

  5. Great tip with utilizing a calendar that syncs with all of your electronic devices. Having your family schedule and obligations handy at all times helps to not over-book or stretch yourself even thinner than most of us already are.

  6. Finding that balance between work, kids, events, and so on can be a challenge to say the least. It is something that I struggle with every single day. Great post.

  7. this is really good advice we should all live the life we have and not the one we wish we had

  8. This is great information. I try to schedule tasks during time when my son is home after school and never get it done. So, your point about not scheduling anything from the time kids get out of school till the time they go to bed is very helpful. I try this often and then feel guilty when I do not accomplish the task.

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