For many of us, it feels that work is the central part of our life. A lot of our hours are invested in working, commuting to and from work, and thinking about work when we get home. Consequently, when our mind is always occupied by one thing, it is not attentive to other things. The “other” things are maybe things we find valuable in different aspects of our lives, that are not work-related. When it comes to work-life balance, it is obvious that it is about making space and time for life.
One of the interesting things about staying at home for a long time is the opportunity to think about my work-life balance. Was I spending my time deliberately, the way that reflects my priorities and beliefs? Was I giving enough time and attention to my home and family? Was I spending enough time doing things I truly like?
These questions tend to arise in times of crisis like this. When people have to get off the racing track for a while. Only then one might stop and gain perspective, think about a way to balance the different parts of life. It is not only food for thought these days, but it is also the actual way we live. It seems that our lives are transforming towards more living and less working.
Nigel Marsh says it is easy to balance your work and your life when you don’t work. It may be hard to believe now, but the quarantine will be over someday. And when it does, the issues we left hanging will still wait for us. What portion of my time am I dedicating to things I chose? Things that make my life more interesting and worth living? Have I achieved the desired balance? Do I even know what this balance looks like for me? The time in quarantine might have created space for those questions, but the answers and the actions are to be tested in the life that we will return to, hopefully soon.