The Life Balance for Macintosh application under the category of Llamagraphics, is indeed a mystery to me. I, who will do anything to put off starting something I find difficult, went to the Internet to find Llamagraphics to see if this lovely application might help me move forward in writing my blogs.
It is even more amusing that I am a Life Coach and encourage my clients to write, play and compose music, publish books and articles, search for jobs and careers that inspire them, and here I am, looking for applications to balance my life! I have these voices that tell me nasty things! My old brain patterns tell me to predict the outcome: “I’ll get judged,” “I’ll get criticized,” “someone won’t like or take issue with what I wrote,” and WORSE, will edit my misspellings, my grammar, and deem me to be a complete idiot (“where did she get her degree?” “Who taught her?”).
So, when I discovered Llamagraphics, I thought that this would be the answer to all my problems! Wrong. I downloaded the free version of Life Balance 5.1.1, ready and open to all available suggestions on how to sit down at my desk and write when the other things in my life felt more fun?? A lesson in work-life balance, indeed!
I wanted to pull my hair out. There were lists and lists of things to do, color coding, “fun” activities, “social” activities, “client activities,” etc. It obviously works for some people. I guess my life is too gestalt. My life kind of all runs into one life except that my written calendar keeps my integrity in tact by holding times for appointments and actually being present to the meeting as written. NO WAY could I use this Llamagraphics application (Life Balance 5.1.1), but there may be some of you who would find it impressive, helpful and life changing. You may be GenExers or Millennials and really find this works perfectly into your life. For me – it’s too much information, too many categories (and I have an academic library degree!!). I say this not to criticize but to highlight how very different we all are. There is no right or wrong here; just what fits.
I don’t really use my iphone calendar as much as I could but I love the alerts and reminders. I don’t need to figure out a program so I can figure out my life; I’m the old fashioned write-down-your week-in-At-A-Glance-calendar and scan the whole week with your eyes in one quick moment. Sure, you can do this on a computer and a pda, but I’m just saying what my preference continues to be.
So how do we create life balance? That’s a big question I work on with my clients every day. Try this application and see if it works for you. But if it doesn’t, you might begin with the area in which you are most stopped. Then get a coach, supporter, or mentor to help keep you accountable – lovingly and gently. Begin with one small section, only one. The feeling of overwhelm is generally less frightening. Instead of such seriousness, take one small piece, and go! Lighten the burden by taking one small step instead of the whole thing. For me, it works with writing, doing my taxes, cleaning, networking and shopping. It just takes one little step.