I think balance is at best a misleading word. There's no stable equilibrium in life because things are always changing. If you know what you have to do and know what you want to do, then you can set out doing those things. Sometimes one aspect of your life overwhelms others. When we were new parents, my wife read an article that said the priorities for new parents were "first things first, second things when you can, and third probably not." It's good advice. The best you can do is to get a complete inventory (your projects and next actions) of what you really want or need to do, so you can make as wise a choice as you can in the moment. For many things in life, there is a rhythm, and a good choice on a quiet Sunday morning may be a bad choice on a hectic Monday evening. Knowing that you will eventually resolve the things on your lists frees you to be present in each moment and make better choices. If you end up wanting or needing to make significant changes in your life, a good technique is to move up and down between 0 and 50,000 feet, asking "what do I want to be true?" Knowing the time scale over which change can take place will also calm the sense of anxiety that says "Why aren't things better already?" This may not be tactical answer you wanted, but it's what I've found to be true.
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