Work/Life Balance - How? When? What?!!
"You'e got to have a work/life balance to succeed.", "Take some time for you, remember "Work/Life Balance"!. I've been hearing the phrase "Work/Life Balance" since I entered Social Work school.... It's a cozy concept, but it's quite hard to pull off, realistically. We all have unbelievable schedules, responsibilities, priorities, habits, and vices that we are wired to and required to (in most cases) meet and support. For some of us, the traditional sense of "work" and "life" often merges and our hobbies become our jobs, and some of us learn that "life" is "work"! In all it takes tremendous time and effort, to navigate it all, resulting our personal needs being ignored.
Well, what exactly is "Work/Life Balance"? According to our friends over at MacMillian, it is
"the relationship between the amount of time and effort that someone gives to work and the amount that they give to other aspects of life, such as their family".It took me a long process - through working full-time, attending school full-time, raising kids full-time and BARELY squeezing some me time in there to realize it takes EVERYTHING in my power to keep it going. That meant taking time for ME, more often, to sort of replenish me. Those moments, regardless if it was a trip to the nail salon, a morning spent in bed, or having two date nights with the boo, helped me do what I need to do more efficiently, or with less stress.
As you see the word "balance" doesnt necessary appear in the definition, so it is not iplied that it should be a PERFECT balance. Jim Bird adds:
"Work-Life Balance does not mean an equal balance. There is no perfect, one-size fits all, balance you should be striving for. The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have different priorities and different lives."
There you have it, "Work/Life Balance" is how you divide or choose to spend your time doing the things that are important to you. There is no right or wrong way. It's all YOUR choice!
What are some of your ME time moments? How do you refresh, replenish, and renew? Do you strive for Work/Life Balance?