I’m still enjoying all the publicity gymnastics has received during the weeks surrounding the Olympics. So, please humor me as I reference gymnastics one more time on this blog.

U.S. Olympic gymnast, Laurie Hernandez, won the silver medal on the balance beam in Rio a few weeks ago. You might wonder how she can tumble and spin on a beam that is a mere four inches wide and four feet off the ground. It’s interesting to note that in order to remain balanced when completing spins or landing flips, gymnasts are trained to keep their eyes on the end of the beam, so as to maintain their alignment.


A similar metaphor can be expressed about learning to drive. Perhaps, like me, you had your driving instructor remind you to look a few car lengths ahead rather than directly at the yellow line, so as not to swerve? Yikes!


These examples about looking straight ahead while still being aware of things in your peripheral vision, are apropos when considering work-life balance. In dealing with the demands of the college semester, it can be easy to lose one’s balance on a singular focus, i.e., an intense course, the big athletic game, your leadership duties, etc. However, it’s important to remember that being dedicated is different than being unbalanced in your work ethic.

The following are five suggestions, from WebMD, to consider when working towards work-life balance.

Build downtime into your schedule.

  1. When you plan your week, make sure to schedule time with family and friends and/or activities that help you re-charge.

Finding ways to rejuvenate is essential to maintaining well-being.

  1. Drop activities that sap your time or energy.

Spending too much time on activities or people that add no value and sap you of energy is unproductive and unhealthy.

  1. Re-think your errands.

Consider ways to combine errands to save time and energy.

  1. Get moving.

Exercise can help you concentrate better and remain alert throughout the day.

  1. Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way.

Whether it’s a favorite TV program, taking a walk, or listening to music, whatever you find relaxing, try and make time for it each week.

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