The coveted work-life balance. It’s something almost all of us aspire to. Well, those of us who don’t admire workaholics. The concept is a pretty simple one. A person tries to prioritize their work obligations and their personal life in a way that doesn’t jeopardize either. Ya, good luck with that.
The National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement reported in 2010 that 16 percent of U.S. workers said they had difficulty balancing work and family. And now, I’m one of them. Ya, I don’t have a work-life balance. At least not yet. I work from 1:30 – 11:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, and 5:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. That puts my weekend on weekdays. Are you still with me? Okay, just checking that, that hadn’t made you exhausted just listening to it. So my life is kinda upside down at the moment.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. Love it. It’s one of the best parts of my life and it brings me great joy to do what I do every day. But I have very little free time, and the time I do have is all over the place. At the moment that’s not a big deal. Ethan and I are engaged, but we aren’t planning on saying “I do” for a while, so wedding planning is on the back burner. Ethan’s still in school, so he hasn’t gone down the million hour work week rabbit hole yet, that will inevitably conflict with mine. And we don’t have kids, or anything else living and breathing that would probably require me to actually have time to make sure they keep living and breathing. So, having a bad work-life balance isn’t a huge deal right now. Right? Eh…
Having a good work-life balance is pretty essential to overall happiness. I already operate on a pretty stressed out frequency (super Type A personality, don’t judge) and a crazy sleep pattern and different work hours every day of the week don’t help with that. However, you must be the change you want to see in the world, especially your own life. So, I challenge myself, and any of you out there who are questioning your own balancing act, to step up and try harder to make your life a job too. I’ll clock some more time at Disneyland if you will!
Do you have a good work-life balance?