Yep sorry to tell you but it just isn’t realistic. Balance gives us the idea that everything is on an even playing field.
Hear me out. Im America full time is 40 hours a week. Break that down into 8 hours for 5 days. Then we are “supposed” to sleep for 8 hours a day. The other 8 hours we have is supposed to be for us if there was true real balance. Then you have 48 hours for your weekend.
8 hours of sleep – 8 hours of work – 8 hours for you = 24 hours in a day 5 days a week.
8 hours of sleep – 16 hours for you for 24 hours for 2 days a week.
That’s what balance is right?
Travel time – 20 minutes to 2 hours (for some people)
Responsibilities – (children, chores, – 1 hour – 5 hours (for some people)
Unexpected Setback – the average person has about one or 2 of these a month.
Health – 30 minutes a day being active (at minimum).
Events – birthday, wedding, baby shower, workshops, seminars, etc
These things and more all cut into that 8 – 8 – 8 and 8 – 16 “balance”.
That balance with real life is unrealistic!
What’s the reframe on this?
Aim for Work + Life Harmony. – Acknowledging the Ebb and Flow of reality.
You have to do what works for you!
For me I prefer to work 20 – 30 hours for 2 weeks, 50 hours for 1 week and 15 for 1 week.
Paying attention to my body and what I need to maintain a healthy mind. Contributing to God, myself, my family and society.
What is your ideal Work + Life Harmony?