Work-life balance? Is there such a thing?
I do not feel it when I am rushing into the office, sweating, out of breath, knowing that you are already late because you dropped your kid off at school or you chose to have a few moments of quality time with your spouse (or maybe you had to drop off your car for an oil change!).
In today’s world where the amount of “extra” hours you have put in per week is a measurement of how dedicated you are to your company, ANY time away from the office is considered a privilege. Even when we are out of the office, we can’t get away from work!
A study last year showed that cell phone users check their phones an average of 150 times per day! When was the last time you intentionally turned off your phone for at least an hour? And sleeping doesn’t count—especially if you sleep with your phone next to your bed (like I do) and check emails or texts in the middle of the night as they come in and/or as soon as your eyes pop open in the morning. EXHAUSTING!
So how do we achieve the coveted work life balance? Here are a few things to try:
You can take control of your life, and make time for the things that matter to you, but nobody else is going to do that for you.
If you want to spend more time out of work, then you will have to start leaving work earlier or arriving later. You may need to learn to be more assertive with your colleagues, and particularly start to say ‘no’, if anyone asks you to take on more.
Once you start making changes, you may be surprised how easy it is to achieve a better “work-life balance”. What are you waiting for?