My Idea of Work/Life Balance

05 March, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

According to Wikipedia, work/life balance is defined as a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). It does not mean an EQUAL balance.

Here is my analogy:

Work/life balance are like the two sides of a teeter-totter, starting heavy on one side, riding up to the middle and down to the other side. The trick is avoiding a bumpy ride by deciding what elements and/or who you want to include on the seesaw with you to give you the smoothest ride. Otherwise you will feel like how you look, wild and crazy and out of control. You want people to ride with you, not steer clear of you. And if one side falls off, well it's not really much of a ride then is it?

Work/Life Balance

At this point in my life, I'm focused on different things than I was in my 20s and that will of course change in my 40s. I feel like I haven't quite figured out my direction in life yet, but I'm enjoying the journey to find out. However, what this means is that I need an extra day, somewhere, any way I can get it. I think I may have found it, even if temporarily, but it may turn out that the extra day just gives me more time to procrastinate. I certainly do get my best work done when there is a deadline looming and about 20 tasks piled on top.

I am not alone in this, I know that and I cannot change that. My personality has trouble 'resting' but I realize my reactions are choices, and if I want to complain about my life, I better be willing to make changes or stop complaining. So I am. Making changes. I really didn't have time to start an online store but I did. And it's certainly made me feel better :) 

My best ideas need time to percolate … I know the best are still to come. So while I ride the seesaw of life, I'm planning to take my wine glass with me wherever I go. Did I forget to mention that's the key to my balance? At least in my 30s it is.

Stephani

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