A Balancing Act, Work and Life

I’m sadly in the same place Annie mentioned on Sunday in her “balanced week” post in which I quite frankly have no idea how unbalanced my life is until I’m faced with a moment that kindly reminds me. Just yesterday evening I was catching up with a friend and when asked what was new, I honestly couldn’t list a thing. In my mind I’m thinking about a large project at work and how busy it has kept me, or how messy my house is because I’m so exhausted after work, or that I have 5 unfinished projects awaiting my attention. In the end, all I could say was, “I got nothin’,” all while my mind is instantly racing to think about what life will be like with an additional, breathing human being. [insert chosen explicit phrase here]

With that being said I like to think I have a good head on my shoulders, and when I feel like things are getting out of balance I go back to a simple list of 4 important things in my life, what I call my list of priorities in order from most important to least important:

  1. My Mental & Physical Health
  2. Family & {close} Friends
  3. Home
  4. Work

Then I think about the above list and what its current state is:

  1. Work
  2. Family & {close} Friends
  3. Home
  4. My Mental & Physical Health

When I think of my priorities in this fashion it suddenly makes the solution manageable: I simply stop the presses and attempt re-organization. This past weekend I brought my laptop home with the intention of working all day Saturday. Instead, I got a massage, pedicure, and took a nice long nap. I saved the work until Sunday night and called it a weekend. Will there always be a tangible solution? No, but one hurdle down … many more balancing acts to come. Continue reading

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