It seems people talk a lot about how it is very difficult in our fast-paced world to achieve an ideal work-life balance. Especially with the use of technology, and it being so easy to pick up our phones and waste time on social media. It can throw off that balancing act. I know for myself, I tend to struggle with this a lot as a wife, mother of two, full-time student, and volunteer. Let’s break it down so you can understand what I mean.

First you have your relationship or marriage which needs constant nurturing. That in itself can be time consuming such as trying to set up date nights so that you have enough one on one time together. If you have children, this can be even more of a challenge since you have to find childcare. You have to spend time as a family doing fun things and spending quality time together. This can take up a great deal of time, especially if you want to go out and do an activity that requires driving to get there. You may ask yourself:

  • How often is often enough?
  • Do we go somewhere together on the weekends?
  • Do we have time to go out in the evenings after work?

Then, there is your own individual hobby you need to make time to do so that you are “filling your own cup” so to speak. You may constantly think:

  • What should I do in my free time?
  • What about exercise? When should I do that? In the morning before work?
  • Should I just wind down in the evening after work?

It is a constant juggling act! But there is a way to establish a good work life balance and the key is to get organized! I have found that having a giant calendar or a family calendar on Google to write down and arrange all of your activities works best. I know it seems simple, but it is sometimes the most overlooked. Once items are out of your head and on paper, it all comes together nicely as you can easily see where you have more free time to go on that date or try that new hobby. Just remember not to overbook yourself and leave some space for free time and to unplug!

If you are interested in assessing your own work-life balance, click here to take the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Work-Life Balance Quiz.

 

Blog post by Vanessa Amundson, Volunteer.