“No! I will be spending time with my family; my amazing little girl, whom I only see 3.5 hours a day, and my husband, with whom I get about half that amount of quality time.” This was my desired response when asked this question from a colleague at work. My actual response was a simple “No, I won’t be.”
This question left me buzzing, antsy fingers and all, with the only possible remedy coming in the form of a good workout on the keyboard. I wanted, and needed, to dig into this.
Can a parent be successful and at the top of his/her game in all facets of life?
Let’s look at the main aspects of a typical person’s life:
- Family (children, partner)
- Extended Family (parents, siblings etc.)
- Career (hours at the office, overtime, networking etc.)
- Health & Wellness (exercise, nutrition, personal hygiene, hobbies)
This list is not presented in any particular order but the items do jump out at me as the six main components of one’s life. Is it possible to perform the best you possibly can in all six areas or is it inevitable that one or more will suffer? Do we need to dilute our performance, spreading out our energy and focus or can we achieve top results in all areas?
Am I expected to work on a project over the weekend? Will I get ahead faster? Will my career suffer if I choose not to? I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to know the answer to these questions is a big bold Yes! So where to hone in? This is obviously a choice made on a very individual level and personally my family comes first…but what area of my life is losing out because of that?
The words ‘balance’, ‘prioritization’ and ‘time-management’ seem to be key in answering these questions but first we need to find time, energy and focus to explore those areas to put our skills to the best possible use; and all this is making me dizzy.
What are your thoughts? How are you finding harmony in your life? Share your tips, ideas and thoughts and have a relaxing weekend!
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