Written by: T.M. Brunson
Work-life balance. You hear people talk about it, but do you really engage in it?
I do my best to balance my work life from my home life. Family is very important to me. Work comes in second. I enjoy what I do. I like the people I interact with during the day.
I get up around 5:30am every morning. My goals are to get lunches started and everyone fed when they get up at 6am. I shower, get dressed, and if I need to do someone's hair that I didn't get to the night before, I rush to do it so that I can exit the house by 7am.
I usually drive to work in silence. Due to the chaos in the morning at the house, this helps me to unwind before I get to work.
When I'm at work, I have on my work hat. I'm go-go-go from 8a-5p. There is a mom at work who will one day teach me how to coupon. We started our own hashtag—#momsunited. We try to find time to meditate during the day (for, at least, 15 minutes). We are very much synchronized when it comes to our work ethic and we work in tandem very well.
I'm in meetings for most of the day, which leaves me very little time to actually concentrate on things I need to do; but I get it done. Then, when it's time for me to go home, I once again, either ride home in silence, talk to an old friend from California (she's three hours behind, so she's about to do school pickup), or I talk to co-workers about things I want to get a head start on for the next day.
I get home and it's "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!" as soon as I walk through the door. It's time to ask everyone about their day, get showers done, and then bedtime at 8pm. Then, I eat, albeit late with my hubby. And then it's our time to do individual things or catch up on tv or talk together.
How do you deal with work/life balance?