Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Work/Life Balance... a myth?
How many times has this subject been debated?
Not one to beat a dead horse, but I was thinking about this topic in the car the other day, and I wondered this:
Is it really possible to ever have your work life and personal life balance? Perhaps the greatest mystery in this topic is the fact that it may never be possible to have both ends of the scale even, E-V-E-R.
When I think about my work life, I have times where work is crazy and work is a shade less crazy. I work a full-time job, but in reality I can spend anywhere from 40-60 hours depending on the week and company deadlines.
To be honest, when I work a straight 40 hour week I feel just as behind the eight ball as I do when I log 50+ hours.
So the question really is, specific to your job role, at what point: 30, 40, 50 hours do you feel you can work towards balance in your personal life?
My answer is, for me, none of the above. My role requires a 40 hour minimum, and if I really play my cards right, I can stay in the 40-50 hour range most of the time.
Sure, I can sneak in a trip to the gym or to run an errand, but time lost during the day just means making up for it later in the evening or on the weekend.
Short of going part-time or a major job change, what is the alternative? Not sure if there is one, but I keep trying like most moms do.
And playing the lottery in hopes I win the big mega jackpot. lol.