Over the past few years, I've thought a fair bit about balance. With all the responsibilities that come with being a proper adult - it's easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. For me, it felt like I was constantly trying to stay on top of work, chores, life admin, and all the day-to-day responsibilities that you probably experience as well.
But what is balance, anyway?
There are so many views on balance. Does it mean we divide our time between work, play, and sleep (like the 8-8-8 method)? Or does it mean we only work 9-5? With the responsibilities of family/household/work, how do we fit in any me-time? Or is me-time overrated?
It took me a while to figure out what worked for me. I see life balance as a state of mind. There cannot be a formula that determines whether you have 'reached balance', because we're all different. We have different goals, we're at different life stages, we have different circumstances.
For me, balance means I dedicate enough time and energy to my career, my family and friends, and myself to make me feel happy, relaxed, and fulfilled. I try to form healthy habits to fit everything in. All I want to work towards is a life where I have mental energy for things that make me happy.
Also: what life balance means to you can change.
As you enter new life stages, your perception of what's important will change. For example, if you're starting a family - you might put some things to the side while focusing on your own little world. And, if you're launching into a career, some of your hobbies and interest might have to take a backseat.
And that's okay.
Don't beat yourself up if you step away a little bit from the '30 minutes of exercise, 8 hours of sleep' formula. Don't apologise if you feel like more alone time one week. And if you need to catch up on sleep, do. Work long hours for a while if you're striving towards an exciting goal. Make life work for you.
What does balance mean to you?
The New Executive
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What do you do, when working hard is defined by the number of hours you work? Do you care about perception?