Parenting

The Work/Life Balance

This morning we left the house before 7:30am. I took a car, train, subway and walked just to get to the office for an 8:30am training seminar. The title of today’s session: Time Management.

Now all Moms know that time management is crucial to make their world go round. In fact, I have posted earlier on our daily schedule, which we mostly adhere to. Time management is key to my life. It’s for this reason that one of the key points of the presentation stuck out to me: keeping a work/life balance.

Anyone who works in a high-demand industry with tight deadlines and lots of overtime will tell you how much of a challenge it is to have any kind of life outside of work, let alone a social one. One of the speakers hit the nail on the head with this point:

The more you get to enjoy life, the more you will enjoy coming into work.

This is not to encourage all play and no work, but it’s to take the time and evaluate your task list and social engagements so the balance feels more in the 50/50 range instead of lopped to one side. As the famous movie line goes “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Putting this into practice is the challenging part. The key point to managing this, in my opinion (for all types of moms – working or stay at home) is to not be afraid to ask for help. You are not weak by admitting you’re doing too much and need a hand. Those extra hands (or brains) can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and laying awake at night wondering how you will get through the next day.

This seminar was a great reminder for me that I need to keep my life in check. If I suffer at work, I will suffer at home. The best part about being home is family, right? It shouldn’t always be your second office. Life goes by and kids grow far too quickly in the bat of an eye, so we should prioritize how to make them more important than late nights at the office, whatever your solution may be.

How do you maintain a work/life balance? What do you struggle with?

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