Fantastic Friday – it is fantastic to balance work and place so you are not a dull girl.
Each Fantastic Friday throughout the month of December we will be continuing our exploration of ways to balance work and home. Today we will be looking at ways to balance things because all work and no play makes you dull. The other areas we will be exploring include:
- all play and no work makes you broke
- building teams at home and work that respect each other
- sharing the secret of success
A reality of modern life is that many of us have a work life and a home life and we must live in balance if we want to be successful and happy.
Everyone has heard the expression, “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.” The same thing is true for Jill. We work for many reasons:
- to earn money
- for personal fulfilment
- intellectual challenge
No matter why we work, eventually work must stop and we must live our lives. For people with spouses and children, finding a way to balance the time, physical energy and mental attention given to work activities must be balanced with the time, physical and mental attention given to activities at home.
Once upon a time, a man was the main bread-winner of the family. He left the house each morning, went out to work for as many hours as possible and came home at the end of the day, sometimes with only enough time to eat dinner and go to bed. This man did not get to see his children, did not spend time with his wife. Often this man thought he was a hero to his family because he was sacrificing his time, his body and his mental energy to work and provide for his family. Unfortunately, the children didn’t know their father and saw him only as a bank teller. The children never spent time with their father, he did not attend school events. He was working and unable to attend after school sporting events. This man’s wife was lonely because she was at home alone while her children were at school and her husband at work. She missed the company of the man she fell in love with many years ago.
While this scenario has changed in modern times because in many cases both spouses work outside the home or because home makers are no longer stuck in the house. What has not changed is workers going to work, spending the majority of their waking hours either physically or mentally at work and being absent from the home and their significant personal relationships. It is no wonder that many marriages fall apart just when people cut back from work because of reaching the desired level of success or retirement. when the partners start to spend time with one another for the first time in a long time, they do not know one another. In many cases, they realize they no longer even like one another.
The moral to this tale is that all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl. While you must spend time at work do not make work your entire life at the expense of your personal relationships. After all in the end, when you are ready to leave this world for the next, it is not your boss, co-workers or clients you will reach your hand out to for comfort. You will reach for your family. So the question for you this Fantastic Friday is, how do you keep from being all work and no play.