Is there such a thing as a "balanced life"? Balancing work, chores, kids, family, friends, your relationship with your spouse, exercise, church and other events is becoming more and more of a challenge. If you find yourself getting pulled in 20 different directions consider practicing some of these ideas. My wife Heidi and I try to practice these, but still find ourselves in "drag race with no finish line" mode.

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    It's Okay to Say "No"

    Don't be afraid to say "no" or "I can't" without giving a reason. Friends will understand.

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    Prioritize and Organize

    We have a white board in the kitchen. We post the most important commitments here to track each day. It's good for doodling funny faces too.

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    Have a Sense of Humor

    We try not to take ourselves to seriously. In other words, accepting the fact that we have busy life and laughing about it helps!

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    See the Big Picture from a Helicopter

    Before we say "yes" to a commitment that falls outside of our normal schedule we look at the big picture - the "helicopter view". Can we fit this in?

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    Share Responsibilities

    We split things up - and it doesn't matter who does what. If Heidi wants to mow the lawn - great! I'll do laundry, make the bed, do dishes and shop (it does happen from time to time).