Work-life balance, the phrase that gets thrown around frequently, put into any sort of professional job advertisements (whether this is the reality or not) and appears to be the goal that everyone strives to achieve (at least in the corporate sphere that I work in). Of course, it also means different things to different people. For some it means being home every night to have dinner with their kids and for others it means only working every second weekend. For me work-life balance means, getting home at a reasonable hour MOST nights (in my job there are always times during which this is simply not possible), not having to work at all in the weekends and, most importantly, having the time to do the things I want to that are not work related (such as spending time with my SO, family and friends, going to the gym or a concert, relaxing at home with a good book or having the time to cook a nice dinner).
As I have already mentioned, there are always times in my life where this balance is out of whack, when work feels like its taking over my life and when I do finally escape the office all I want to do is sleep. Luckily for me, I have got myself into a position where this situation is the exception, not the rule, but I know other people where the opposite is true for them. These days everyone is constantly connected to each other and essentially immediately contactable through one means or another. For this, I blame the internet, smartphones and social media. Easy access to all of these things can make it hard to switch off. If your colleagues or clients can get hold of you anywhere at anytime, it makes it very difficult to disconnect from work. Some people are comfortable with this and have no issue receiving and checking work calls and emails over the weekend and late at night. For me, this feels like a gross invasion of my non-work life. We are not robots and cannot be expected to be 'on' constantly, that's how major mistakes happen and people 'burn out' (adrenal fatigue and various other physical and mental health issues anyone?)
For anyone who is battling to have a life outside of work and to find that seemingly unattainable balance, I thought I would share some things that I do which assist me in finding the work-life balance that works for me MOST of the time.
Love, health and happiness,
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