7 steps for more joyful work+life balance: Create a routine for reflection

Your ability to tap into your what inspires you, find your purpose, and prioritize what you really want to be doing with your time is not something most people automatically “know.” You may be aware of unfulfilled dreams or goals for the future, but without regularly sitting down and engaging in reflection or self-discovery, it’s possible that your dreams from the past aren’t even relevant today.

To really discover what you want out of this life based on where you are now, you will need to regularly allow yourself time for self-reflection.

We are complex beings and are constantly changing what we want out of life and rediscovering what our passions are based on each and every experience we encounter.


It takes regular and repeated time for introspection to really listen to your heart. Creating a routine for journaling is a great way to regularly engage in this self-discovery. You may also find that you are better able to listen to your heart through meditation, yoga, or exercising. Your routine should allow you the freedom of mind to listen to your heart without distraction – which is why many suggest a sacred space in your home where you can retreat to.


Create a daily routine for self-reflection. Make it simple and straightforward. You can even make it short (yes, even just 5 minutes) if it helps you commit to it. Determine where, when and what your activity will be to help you focus. What times in your life have you really felt like you were in tune with your heart? Replicate that environment in your home if possible. Use music, outdoor space, early morning times, or whatever you need to create this sacred time for you to reflect and listen to your heart.

You can start with some journal prompts such as considering what you want to be remembered by, or what you will be most proud of in your life.

“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. “- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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