Thursday, November 03, 2011

Work-Life Balance

Recently, I haven't got the time to answer blog comments and post new articles. This sudden time-crunch is a reality-check for ppl like myself who belong to the so-called sandwich-generation. I want to do things for my Mom, myself, my family, my community, ..... Alas, there are only 24 hours in a day!!!

Since my Mom's mishap last December, she has not been doing too well. Her cognitive capacity is deteriorating and her memory space has shrunk considerably. Her social life is taking a plunge as friends begin to shunt her. It's a vicious circle: The less she interacts with ppl, the less socialable she becomes, and the less friends. One social worker told me there are many elders who basically are cut off completely.

Plus, I have started a new job abt a week ago and really need to devote time to focus on this new endeavour. Hey, public and private sector employers do not throw away money for free, they want results, esp during this tough economic time !!! Meanwhile, I still want to keep fit by running abt 6-10 km on weekdays and 21+ km on the weekend, every week. That too takes time !!!

And then there are family responsibilities: grocery shopping, paying bills, driving, etc. But one must not see these are pure chores. Indeed, family life must not be taken for granted and are to be shared and enjoyed. And, relationships are integral parts of any work-life balance equation.

Of course, the challenge is to try keeping all the balls in the air, and failing that, prioritizing the number of balls being juggled.

As they say in time-management courses, there is always enough time, it's just a matter of prioritisation.

(posting by remote again !!)

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michelle said...

Take care Haricot ! and best wishes to your mother too ! Hope to able to keep in touch.

the inner space said...

錢喺搵唔得嗮嘅! 夠用就可以,況且加拿大稅率高,they are punishing the hard working people like YOU!

So stay early retirement and enjoy more with your family HBB.

新鮮人 said...

要保持一顆平常心! =)

啤酒花™_J said...

u there, + u

Haricot 微豆 said...

Michelle: Merci !!!

Haricot 微豆 said...

SBB: Your points are well taken :)

Haricot 微豆 said...

新鮮人: 「三文治」一代眞不易做!!

Haricot 微豆 said...

啤酒花™_J: I am back ....

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