Work – Life Balance?

Sure I’m familiar with the term. But I’m not sure that it is supposed to mean what I think it means.

What do you count as work? Paid employment? What about all of that unpaid employment such as caring for your family, budgeting, caring for your home, the requisite extended family visits, and required school/daycare involvement? Is that life or work?

What counts as life? Anything unpaid? Is it staying home with  your kids all day? Is it any time you spend with your family? Is it getting together with friends? What if you enjoy your job immensely? Is your job now your life?

And balance… are we talking the same amount of time invested in each; 40 hours at work and 40 hours with your kids? What about sleeping? Is sleeping under the life portion or is it exempt based on the fact that you are not conscious during sleep?

It seems to me that the concept of work-life balance has not been properly thought through yet.

I work. I have 2 tiny tots. Therefore it all seems pretty much like work to me and that seems to be my life! In fact, my job often seems like less work than my life is. It’s like having a nice break Monday morning after a hectic, high energy weekend. Without my work I would become seriously unbalanced. Maybe that qualifies as good work-life balance.

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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3 Responses to Work – Life Balance?

  1. workingmommawithababy says:

    When my coworkers comment that they wish they had “days off” (I work in an office part time and I’m home with my kiddo the other part of the week), I always reply, “I wish I did too!”

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