We’ve all heard of work-life balance before. It’s an abstract idea that’s supposed to keep us sane and healthy. It’s supposed to remind us to have fun and relax every once in a while.
It often doesn’t happen.
Is anyone with me when I say, “work-life what, now?”
I have been so worried about building up to a full-time work schedule that I forgot that working a 40 hour week as an instructor really means 45-50 hours a week with all the class preparation and extra work outside of class time. I forgot that, even if I want to keep working on choreography, my brain tuckers out and there comes a time in the day that I have no creative juices left. I forgot that it’s best not to try to push through these frustrating times with more work, but to take time for myself by sleeping or exercising or talking to all the people I’ve been ignoring for the past two months.
Here are some symptoms you can look for, to help you understand whether or not you have work-life imbalance:
You can’t remember the last time you had a day off
There are these days, I understand, where you don’t have to go into work, you don’t do any work at home, and you don’t even think of work for an entire day. I know, that sounds pretty astounding, right? If you can’t think of the last time you had one of these magical days off, you may be suffering from some work-life imbalance.
The little chores that actually help your life go smoothly have turned into monstrous tasks
Piles of dirty or not-yet-folded laundry on the floor of your bedroom, dishes cluttering the counters and sinks, overflowing garbages, empty fridges, these are all warning signs of how work has taken over your ability to do grown up things.
Every time you see a friend, they say “It’s been so long!”
You don’t have time to do the things you want to do
As in, you go from work to scarfing down food to going to work to whizzing off to your next commitment to passing out in bed. Work days probably shouldn’t last 12 hours on a regular basis…
When you finally have time to do the things you want to do, you’re too exhausted to actually do them.
Big problem. What’s the point of free time if you don’t have the energy to do anything cool with it? This point in particular has been a big wake up call for me. I have all these ideas and dreams I plan on pursuing (with action steps and everything!) that I just can’t do because I just… am so… *cue snoring sound* ← That’s me passing out from exhaustion.
Maybe I sound like a big whiny baby, but this is not a sustainable lifestyle for me. I think it’s fair to ask for a little time off during the week where I don’t feel guilty for watching an episode of TV. So I’m going to see what adjustments I can make to have a little more balance in my life. I’ll write a post for you when I figure out how the heck to do that. I guess step one is to recognize the problem?
In the meantime, have yourself some happy holidays and rest up! I plan on being back here in one week, so until then…