Work/Life Balance - How Do You Even Achieve That?
Let me start by saying that work/life balance does not mean equal time for everything.
Consider the main activities in your life: sleeping, eating, working, family time, personal time. With 24 hours in a day, each of those activities would get 4.8 hours each. I don't know about you, but my employer won’t pay me a full time salary for 4.8 hours per day, and 4.8 hours of sleep each night isn't going to cut it either.
The key is to be flexible and make sure that priority items get the time they need, as needed. Sleep is a necessity, but how much varies person to person and even day to day. Not allowing enough time for sleep for an extended period can put you out of balance. And while occasionally work might require overtime, allowing work to take over your free time for extended periods can also put you out of balance.
It's all about flexibility and moderation. It’s about priorities and boundaries. Vacation time away from work balances out the occasional overtime, just like a late night out once in a while is balanced out by a lazy weekend in bed.
Work/life balance isn’t just about time management. It’s about making choices, priorities, and setting boundaries.