Over 7 billion people in this world, with millions of miles to explore, and over 170 countries to visit. Yet so much of our time is spent a few inches in front of our faces on our computer/mobile screens.
The average person spends nearly 2 hours on social media per day, and over 5 years total in their lifetime.
As we as a people grow, and as society evolves, so does technology. And with these advancements, more and more does technology play a strong role in our daily lives. Do I believe this is a bad thing? Not necessarily. We now have such amazing tools at our fingertips! Tools that provide easier access to knowledge. Tools that allow each of us to achieve things that previous generations could not. However, on the flip-side, I believe this consumption needs to be managed. We are becoming dependant on our devices! I myself have looked over to my phone numerous times while drafting this thought piece, responding to notifications, messages and wondering who’s shared the latest post on Instagram.
I sit back in my lawn chair, and I look back and see my nephew enjoying himself, building a sand castle. My father swings on the hammock enjoying a cold beer under the shade. I’m at the cottage for the long weekend and life is good. I’ve begun to acknowledge the importance of spending time with loved ones, friends or family.
I’ve been a software developer for 8+ years, and I’ve only recently come to understand how incredibly important it is to get away from the screen and open your mind and heart to who and what is out there. It’s all about finding the balance. Trust me, I am no expert, but since the founding of Kibii, and working in the manic world of a tech startup, I’ve been forced to make the most of every minute of every day and with that, finding time for my own physical, mental, and social self-improvement. With that being said, here are my tips to creating a more balanced life:
1. Set goals in every aspect of your life.
For myself, it was very easy to go full-tilt on a single thing. Whether that be at work, the gym, etc. However, when going all-in on a single thing, we tend to neglect the other important facets of life. True balance includes work, family, leisure, physical needs, social consciousness..just to name a few. If you’re a workaholic like me, try getting up an hour earlier and getting in a gym session. Set an attainable goal like getting outside for a walk or jog a few times a week. Perhaps grabbing a beer with good friends on a weeknight to reminisce and have a few laughs. There are 24 hours in each day, and we need to make the most of each one.
2. Try something new.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? It took me a while to figure this one out. I had to track back months for when I tried yoga for the first time. Little did I know I would enjoy it so much that it’s now part of my weekly routine. Be spontaneous. An impromptu road trip with friends. A new restaurant or cuisine. Perhaps a discreet hiking trail you’ve heard about in passing. It can be something as extreme as jumping out of a plane to something as simple as a cooking class.
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3. Take time to get away with friends and family.
This is something that took until my early 20s for me to figure out. The experiences, memories and moments we make in this life are always that much better and more significant when we get to share them with others. I try and get out once a week with friends and make a point to attend as many family events as possible. It’s a surefire way to relax and de-stress. Maintaining and nurturing strong and close relationships with friends and family, no matter how you are, is incredibly important. The fact of the matter is, being happy and keeping positive are some of the main ingredients to a healthy lifestyle.
4. Be willing to take risks.
Take the leap. Do something that frightens you. Remove yourself from the bubble and expand your horizon. You won’t know if you do or do not enjoy something if you don’t give it a try. If I hadn’t taken the leap in the early stages of Kibii, I would never have come across such like-minded, passionate team members, who have taught me more than I could have imagined. Without risk, there is no reward.
I remember watching a video of Will Smith explaining the first time he skydived, and it resonated with me so much. He speaks on overcoming the initial fear of it all. Will Smith talks about leaping past your fears to realize that they’re only standing between you and the best life you can live. He ends off by saying “God placed the best things in life on the other side of fear.”
5. Set a strict time where you turn off electronics.
As per the National Sleep Foundation, “the use of electronics including TVs, tablets, smartphones, laptops and other electronics before bed delays your body’s internal clock, making it more difficult to fall asleep.” This is largely due to that “artificial blue light” our devices emit. Try keeping all electronics out of the bedroom. A quiet, dark room will set you up for your best sleep, and give you that extra little boost we all need in the mornings!
6. Assess yourself on a weekly/daily basis.
How can we really know how well we are doing with change in our lives if we have nothing to compare it to? Far too often we take steps forward, without taking the time to turn around and see where these steps have taken us, or in which direction we have traveled. Set short-term and long-term goals. If something isn’t working, make adjustments. Consistently re-evaluating ourselves will lead to self-improvement. Remember that nothing is concrete or set in stone. If you’re unhappy with a current situation, take the proper steps to change things. If you are, there is always room to exceed your own expectations.
7. Find what you love and are passionate about.
How does the saying go? If you find a job you love, you won’t work a day in your life. How true this is. It’s only been a short while since the founding of Kibii, and I can truthfully say I haven’t “worked” a day on it yet. Sure, there are stressful days. Obstacles that need to be maneuvered and roadblocks to overcome, but I’ve been lucky enough to sink my teeth into something I love with a team that shares my passion.
There are so many things that we have to balance in our lives – work, family, play, leisure, relaxation, caring for others, caring for ourselves, social consciousness, physical needs…to name only a few of the issues most of us are balancing, often without realizing it, all of the time. It can be quite a daunting task trying to juggle all of these and maintaining balance. Take things day-by-day, goal by goal, and remember to enjoy the journey!