My Quest for Work/Life Balance.....
If only we had more hours in a day!
Running gear on
Up and out (after 2 miles realising top on inside out and have odd socks on – could be worse could have odd trainers on again….not even kidding)
30 mins or 1 hr later…depending on mood…
Back in and kettle on after trying to take a selfie which doesn’t make me look like I’ve just run a marathon
Cuppa and toast
Shower too quick as don’t have time for a lovely long one
Another cuppa whilst packing Katies lunch (if hubby not already done it)
Make sure Katie ready
Shout at Katie for not being ready
Promise myself to be more organised tomorrow and not shout at Katie
Cuppa (a reoccurring themeJ
Urgent emails dealt with
Review plan for the day
Completely change plan for the day
Re do plan for the day
Lunch and another cuppa
Realise its now 2pm and replan the rest of the day
Cuppa to calm down
Back to work or work from home
Taxi to athletics/drama/dance….
Emails whilst waiting to pick up from above
Taxi back from above
Get tea ready or iron whilst hubby sorts tea
Eat (with a cuppa obviously)
Catch up on social media
Glass of wine or another cuppa (actually quite a decision)
Fall asleep and miss end of whatever was watching
My question to you all today is ‘How do you balance work, parenting, family, friends, activities and how do you manage to actually have a social life…?’
Where does all the time come from? As for Sunday being a day of rest… Really!?
I’m sure you, like me, will have read countless articles where the wise of the world have it all sorted and suggest making time for yourself and having a cut off time from work. This then gives way to good old fashioned ‘spare’ time, when as a family you can run through fields of corn with the wind in your hair and even fly a kite before munching on a picnic set out on a beautiful gingham rug (all very famous 5)…. What utter tosh!
Reality is much more… well… real. It’s hard to turn down overtime or not stay late to get a job finished.
That all said though the wise really do have a point. We do all need to find a balance and not feel guilty if the scales tip too far one way and then the other as sooner or later they will level out. And the balance doesn’t have to mean grand gestures and days at the spa (although I’d take it), it can be the small stuff like cuddling on the sofa watching crappy tv together, cooking a meal from scratch with a glass of wine and catching up without rushing and worrying about where you have to be in 10 minutes. It’s about reading to your kids at bedtime and actually taking the time to enjoy it or playing football on the garden in the rain!
So let me know what your secret to a balanced life is as I’m certainly a long way off but I’m on the journey and absolutely loving the ride!