Life Balance Project

Do you make New Years Resolutions? I don’t as such but I do set myself goals. This year I’ve decided to try something a little different. Often I complain that I don’t have a balanced life, it feels a bit like juggling and I regularly drop at least one ball. I want to create more balance. I want to feel more relaxed whilst also feeling that everything is under control. Crucially, I want to make time for everything and everyone that is important to me. I know its a big ask but with a little time and careful planning, I hope to prove its possible. I’m making 2019 the year of my Life Balance Project.

12 months to find balance

When I first decided that 2019 would be the year I attempt to find balance, I had no idea how to go about it. Over the last month I’ve done a bit of soul searching, brainstorming and plotting to work out what I want from this project and more importantly, how I can achieve it. I’m going to set myself 5 goals a month, each goal for a certain aspect of my life. First I needed to choose those 5 aspects of my life. I wanted 5 areas of my life that by focusing on each of them equally would keep me well rounded and help me achieve a sense of balance. Here are my 5 aspects and what each one means to me.

  • Well being Goals and activities that improve my sense of well being. For example, goals focused around routines, yoga, meditation and self care.
  • Relationships My friends and family are so important to me. However this section will include meeting new people as well as strengthening the bonds I already have.
  • Personal Growth Developing habits or skills that will help me grow as a person.
  • Money Unfortunately it does make the world go around. These goals will revolve around budgeting and continuing to save for a house deposit.
  • Organisation These goals will focus on organising myself and my time better.

A theme for every month

To plan out my year, I have set a theme for each month. My themes are influenced slightly by the seasons. For example, Spring makes me think of growth and new beginnings, whereas Autumn signifies changes, preparation and reflection. It makes sense to me to a line my goals with seasonal changes, it allows for some variety through the year and will also keep my goals relevant. Thinking of a suitable theme for each month was tough but I’m happy with what I decided on.

  • January: Fresh start
  • February: Making time
  • March: Hello Spring
  • April: Refresh
  • May: Blossom
  • June: Explore
  • July: Nature
  • August: Restore
  • September: Reflect
  • October: Hygge
  • November: Cherish
  • December: Festive

What I hope to achieve

Basically, a more rounded, less frantic, better put together life. Not asking for much am I? If you have read my other blog posts you might know that I recently moved to a new city on my own. Its actually the second time I’ve done this, I wrote a post called 5 things I learnt by moving away alone reflecting on the first time. I’m getting used to my new city but haven’t really had a chance to put down roots yet. A lot of my goals are going to focus on getting to know new people and really settle into my new city. I’m also hoping to become more organised and feel like a “proper adult”. I’m 28 and still feel like I’m trying to carve out a little space for myself in this new adult world of house deposits, pension schemes and overdrafts. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like this? 

My January goals post will be up in the next couple of days. I’m excited to get started, a new year, new month and new project! Are you making resolutions this year or are you doing something else? Let me know in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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24 Replies to “Life Balance Project”

  1. Ooh this is an interesting take on resolutions! I’d love to create more balance next year, too, by working a lot less outside of work so that I can spend more time with my loved ones.

  2. This is so clever! You’ve put so much thought and effort into this. I love the idea of tending to 5 different aspects of your life each month. I’ve already written out my 2019 resolutions but I kind of wish I’d tried a layout similar to yours. Good luck with all you goals next year!

    1. Thanks Annie =) Best of luck with your resolutions. This is all a bit of an experiment, it’ll either really work or crash and burn! Stick around to find out which haha x

    1. Of course Chloe =) Its a bit of an experiment, I’m excited to see if it works! If you decide to try this, do let me know what your goals are, it would be fun to have a buddy x

  3. This is such a well written and informative post. I love how you’ve really taken your time to think of all aspects which will help you achieve the balance that you want. I’d love to read update posts each month as to how you’re getting on.
    All the best for 2019! 🙂

  4. I really love the idea of having a theme for each month, that is such a great way to stay focused. This is such an inspirational post and makes me want to put some goals in place for 2019. Thank you for sharing and I wish you all the best with your project Hayley, looking forward to read your updates! <3 xx

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  5. I really love this approach and the sentiment behind it! I think seeking a more balanced life is something most of us can totally relate to but it’s such a broad goal it’s hard to know where to start with actually achieving it. I love that you’ve identified five areas of your life to focus on and then come up with a theme for each month- it feels like an approach that could really work! I look forward to reading your journey with this. Good luck!☺️

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