Question time: When you hear the phrase “work-life balance,” what does it mean to you? Is it a 50/50 split between your work-life and home-life? Is it more like 70/30? 40/60?
So now that you have identified your “ideal” balance, let’s look at your reality; does it match your ideal? I’ll be honest – mine does not. My balance is probably 85/15…in other words, there is plenty of room for improvement.
I’ve done quite a bit of research on finding a healthy work-life balance recently, and believe me, there are a lot of different suggestions out there. The one that seems to dominate every article I’ve come across, however, is to physically schedule in time for “life”. What a novel idea.
When you stop and think about it, this suggestion makes complete sense. You set aside a certain amount of hours every day for work: meetings, conference calls, big assignments, approaching deadlines – they’re all right there on the calendar. Why not do the same for the time spent with family, friends, your dog, yourself? I don’t know about you, but for a long time I’ve just hoped that once I complete my work, the “life” part will simply fill in the gaps. You know what I’ve discovered? It doesn’t…more work fills in the gaps instead.
So I’ve made it one of my goals over the summer to get a better grip on this elusive balance, one week at a time. For this first week, I figure I better follow the most popular advice out there and schedule in time for fun. In the picture below, you will see that I’ve actually entered time in my calendar for non-work related activities. It’s there. It’s officially posted on the interwebs. This means I must stick to the plan. I’ll be back next Wednesday with a review of this technique. I’ll discuss what worked and what didn’t, and I will also offer a new tactic for the following week.
I hope that you will join me on this quest for balance. I’d love to hear about your own tricks on making time for “life” – it would be great to try them in the coming weeks!
Also, I’ve created a free PDF “Fun Calendar” for you to download. Put it to use! Schedule in “fun time” for the coming week and let me know how it goes! Finally, if you’re looking for even more updates, tips, and suggestions on living your busy-awesome life to the fullest, be sure to subscribe to the I’m Busy Being Awesome newsletter.