I hear a lot in the media about work-life balance. It’s often based around parents.
Balancing work, childcare, family time and time to yourself is virtually impossible as a parent. I’ve interviewed seven amazing people now in my Inspirational Parents series.
I’ve asked them all about their theories around work-life balance. Sadly nobody has come up with a miracle solution – other than asking for help.
That’s really not my style so when I need to take on more work, something else has to give.
Now that I’ve stopped everything else, the only way I can fit more working hours in is to sleep less.
Last night for example, when I worked until 1 am. I was back up at 6.15 this morning to work some more.
There have been some great inventions that are helpful in working from home. I can confirm that this is not one of them.
So when I was asked to complete a quiz about work-life balance, I was really interested to see what it said.
The quiz was devised by Simply Health after research found that there are three distinct work-life management styles.
You choose answer a, b or c for each question and then add up the amount of times you have chosen each answer.
I wasn’t surprised to hear that I have almost equal amounts of each work-life management style. I got three a’s, three b’s and four c’s which made me a volleyer – narrowly.
The volleyer is the most balanced between life and home. This is definitely right for me.
Work is a necessity. I need to keep going with it to pay the bills. But of course my family come first. Working from home is as close as you can get to a work-life balance in my opinion.
But it’s really, really hard.
People talk about being unable to do things because they protect their evenings as their own time. For me, the evenings are work time. An evening with my husband is a rare treat indeed.
The one thing I still manage to do for me is a small amount of exercise. I usually go in the morning because I know that by the time the evening arrives, I’m just too tired.
This evening, I hadn’t done anything and was too exhausted to go for a run. But I managed to drag myself out anyway and I was so glad I did.
Work-life balance is so important and sometimes, you miss out on things by getting it wrong. Like this sunset. I’d never have seen it if I’d decided, “I haven’t got time.”
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