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Chapter 24. Keeping It Going > Make Balance a Priority - Pg. 257

Keeping It Going 257 Matter of Fact Even though you can never foresee unexpected demands on your time that might arise, there is one simple thing you can do to prevent overload: Leave room for the unexpected. For example, always take on one less commitment or project than you're inclined to, even if your life has room for it. Always schedule one less daily appointment, even if you have time for it. That way, when an unexpected demand on your time arises, you won't go into overload. If the unexpected doesn't happen, then you end up with a lighter schedule, which is always a nice surprise. Make Balance a Priority I know it's easier said than done, but even if you make just a little effort toward keeping some balance in your life, you might be surprised at the positive changes that result. The best way to do this is to keep in mind that balance is not achieved by a mechanical process. It's not a matter of scheduling times into your daily planner to take a walk in the park, meditate or pray, go to the zoo with a child, do something artistic, or just sit and do nothing. It's more of a mindset. It's understanding what the best ways are for you to nourish your mind, body, and soul. In a poll conducted by the Web site, 37,558 people answered the question: "If money were no object, what would you do with your time?" The survey results provide a sort of sneak peek