Alarm rings sometime between 5.45 a.m. to 6.30 a.m.? You hit the snooze button. You’ve snoozed it at least 5 times and now you facing up to the reality –So you crawl out of bed, perhaps your husband is beside you – maybe still in deep slumber and snoring; so you nudge him (perhaps not so gently); then over to the kids’room…dragging them out of their slumber too!
Then, your auto-pilot mode is on, ticking the boxes: –
- Fix tea or coffee
- Glasses of milk with toast or cereal
- Get kids into the shower
- Get the kids into the school uniforms
- Sign some school forms
- Get into the shower
- Pull out and put on that that outfit that does not need ironing
- Get that make-up on in 5 minutes
- Grab you phone and keys
- Everybody out of the house (oooppps…maybe there’s a kitty or doggie that needs water too )
- Drive kids to school
- Hot the expressway before the jam builds up OR
- Think “today is my lucky day and I’ll get into the first train”, but no such luck
EXHAUSTED???? …….And its just 9 a.m.!!!
Have you noticed how your morning starts with a mad rush and how you complete so many tasks before you even step out of the house. No wonder you are drained.
So I hear women tell me all the time, I want work-life balance.
I’ve spent the last 10 months studying the concept popularly known as work-life balance. What exactly is it? Is there ever such a thing as a balance? And I realised that NO, there is never a “correct” answer to what is the balance.
Each person has to decide what is the correct balance. After my two cancer scares last year, I decided that I wanted more of life. I wanted more time with my husband, my mother, my nephews and nieces and now my grand-nephew (yes I’m now Nanna Rach), my friends and doing my leisure activities that I had been putting off for a long time. I love running at the beach or going for hikes and I just wanted to do as much of that as I could.
STOP! I know you’re thinking “she’s probably made her millions so she can afford to take it easy.”. Well my darling, far from it, very far from it. So I devised a plan that would allow me to work the hours I want to work that will give me the income to live my life for today as well as put some money for my silver years.
How do I do that?
It’s all about CHOICES! I made the choice to LIVE SIMPLY so that I would SIMPLY LIVE! I have all the clothes and shoes I need to wear; I have enough bags that could probably see me to the end of my life (I’m thinking I might live another 40 years); I have enough food to nourish me; I have enough books to keep me occupied for another 5 years; I can travel budget…and the list goes on….
Balance is about CHOICE – what is the CHOICE that you can make today to GET THE BALANCE BACK IN YOUR LIFE?