Monday, November 7, 2011
Introducing 'Writing Out Balance'
On October 6th 2011, the day that Apple founder Steve Jobs died, I watched this speech of his.
We often hear inspiring things like this – live like it’s the last day of your life.
I have one problem with that sentiment: if today were my last day, I wouldn’t spend it vacuuming the floors or doing my tax return. I wouldn’t discipline my daughter, I wouldn’t pay the bills, would give up the idea of that course I want to do that requires a lot of hard work and I’d give exercise a miss.
Instead, I would spend all day with my family. I’d laugh and play with my daughter, walk hand-in-hand with my husband, spend time with my parents and siblings, catch up with friends, eat amazing food and drink expensive champagne.
Two extremes of life – one being the ideal, the other the necessities. Neither can exist in isolation.
If I spent every moment of every day laughing, drinking and playing, I’d never learn anything. I'd never push myself out of my comfort zone or achieve things that make me feel good long-term.
To enjoy life, I need to have the boring things in order. I need to be earning money to have a house and go on holidays, I have to have a clean home that’s at a minimum level of ‘hygienic’ and I need to discipline my daughter so that she learns to live her life as best she can.
I just don’t want to spend all my time doing those things.
Instead, I aim to live my life with balance. Or, as I like to think, with imbalance – a heavy leaning of time on the things that I’d spend the last day of my life doing, and less time on the necessities.
That’s my ideal in the work/life balance agenda.
Here, I want to explore ways of finding that imbalance. My personality is quite 'all or nothing' so balance is something I struggle with - and I'm sure it's the same with many of you.
I look forward to sharing this little corner of the internet with you, as we look at the balancing of life with work and other necessities, and I’d love to hear from you with questions, tips and ideas.
Let’s find a way to live our lives not like each day is our last, but as each of us really want to live.
Posted at 5:48 PM