Do you ever feel like your life is a balancing act and you are in constant danger of tipping too far in one direction and going over the edge? Even though you don’t usually think about about the balancing act, it’s always there.
Balancing your time between “work” and “life” is such a popular concept it has developed into a hyphenated buzzword: work-life. Those two words are both so broad they are almost meaningless. What is work, after all? And what is life? Big questions. And no two people have exactly the same answers. Before we can find balance we need to define what those words means to each of us, personally.
Jack Welch, former GE CEO says that -“There’s no such thing as Work- Life Balance. There are work- life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”
Everyday you decide how to walk that line. Every choice is really about time. How do you spend your time?
As children and young adults we believe we are immortal–we have all the time in the world. Life consists of an endless supply of opportunities. When I was a child, a teachers told my class that in the year 2000 we would all be about fifty years old. That seemed incomprehensibly old and infinitely far away. Now that I am well on the other side of fifty, my perspective has changed a bit. Fifty is not old and time is not infinite. We do not have all the time in the world. I’m sure I’m not unique in this experience. Most of us realize as we age our time is a limited resource and should be treasured and treated as such.
Sadly, when this basic truth becomes clear to us, many of our life balancing choices have already been made and lived.
The key to finding the balance that works for you is to decide what is truly important to you. What fulfills you and makes you glad that you have experienced a day and look forward to another. That should give you a clue as to how to budget the hours given to you.
Just remember, time is not money. You can always make more money. Once you have spent time, there is no way to get it back. Be sure to make it count.
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