Can someone draw me a picture of what work-life balance looks like? I mean, some sort of diagram would be lovely. I’m just saying. I don’t think I’m getting it right. I mean sometimes, sure. On a regular basis – not so much. I really wish there was some way for there to be a real balance with how much time I spend at work and how much time I spend with my family. I looked at the amount of time I spend with my son on a daily basis and I cried. Seriously, it sucks. I try to make up for it on the weekends and cram in as much as I can during the week but it doesn’t seem like enough. What’s a mama to do? I think the term work-life balance is a bit of a joke. I think it should be more like worklife balance. I mean work takes up so much of your life that I think worklife is a fair representation. We spend our lives trying to balance our life around our worklife. I didn’t mind the way my career bleeds over until the mommy hood. Since my son was born, I’ve become very protective of my time and offended if you try to infringe upon it. I take it personal. That approach isn’t always welcomed in the work world. It may even be frowned upon. It’s hard though when you feel like the job that helps put food on the table is taking time away from the people you’re working to feed. Did that make sense? I read some things to try to strike the elusive balance between work and life. I’ll offer up these suggestions to you from WebMD.
- build downtime into your schedule – schedule time to spend with those that matter
- drop activities that zap your time or energy
- re-think your errands – order groceries online to avoid the trip
- somehow make time to exercise – you’ll have more energy to get more done
Are these doable, realistic? Let me know what you think. Also, do you have any suggestions to offer?