Lately I find myself focussing on balance in all areas of my life. At home its a see-sawing of time between cleaning, cooking and relaxation. Socially its all about time spent with friends and at classes versus alone time with the Bean. At work I find I am battling the most with the amount of work done balanced against the pay I receive – at work too, its about how much time I spend at work against spending it at home. How much is the time I sell to my employer worth? This is not only measured in monetary terms but also in satisfaction and a sense of well-being at work. Am I getting value? Finally it all boils down to happiness I guess – good balance will create a feeling of achievement and happiness.
In my life before moving here I know my balances were very unstable with over emphasis on things that did not count in the end. I thought they did count though – till I found out they didn’t. That’s the way we learn. Trial and error most of the time. Now that I have begun a new life with focus on balance, I am finding it quite hard to get right. I like to think that because balance is now one of my main focus points in this slow life, that I catch imbalances early and take time out to sort, reshuffle and balance again before the scale tips too drastically.
All-in-all I feel I am doing reasonably well and am really happy in most areas of my life. I only need to sort out some things with regards to my work and work time. My plans are to eventually work for myself – a few projects which I will initiate over time will hopefully build up to something big enough to keep us going financially, but until then I will have to work for someone else. Let’s hope that the reshuffling I find I need to make in this area works out. What I do know is that it can’t keep going on as it is now.
Time is the one thing that we give away or sell that we can never get back again. We need to make sure it’s not stolen or that we are not underpaid for this precious commodity. Even if we give it away for free, there should be a gain for us in terms of happiness, satisfaction and achievement. If you feel you are not rewarded sufficiently for your time and efforts it’s time to rework and reshuffle things to regain balance in your life.
What do you do to ensure balance in your life?
- Reach Balance in Your Life (socyberty.com)
- Cisco Survey Reveals Balance is Essential: Is work life balance really possible? (blogs.cisco.com)
- How to Balance Work and Life (socyberty.com)
- Happiness and Family Balance (joyofspa.com)