It's a Non-Stop Balancing Act
I’m realizing more and more there is no “end point” for finding a work-life-etc. balance. And for someone like me who does not always adapt smoothly to a plan being thrown off-course, this realization has been a relief. For I always thought I was failing/a failure for all the days I didn’t get everything done I felt I should be doing. Take yesterday, for example: The plan had been to be up early, get some serious writing done, finish up the housework as I didn’t have to be at my office job until after lunch, meet one of my sisters for coffee, and make some progress on The Great Purge of 2014 this evening. The reality: I slept in, was frustrated by a load of towels taking their own sweet time to dry in the drier, wrote for 10 minutes, got some housework done before meeting my sister, made a little progress with The Great Purge of 2014, went to work, came home, and finished some of the housework before deciding it was time to call it a day.
You may be wondering what, exactly, is the problem with the plan I had versus the reality that played out. After all, I still got things done. But so often I feel like I’m not doing enough. I’m not as busy as others in my life, working all kinds of hours and having all kinds of responsibilities. Besides which, June seems intent on dashing by and I was supposed to be so much further along with The Great Purge, etc., etc. …
But life is not lived in a vacuum. Yes, I need to improve at ignoring distractions so I get whatever task is before me done. I also realize that sometimes other things come up that need to take priority, that require plans to be changed. My balance needs to shift. And I will never arrive at so perfect a routine that I will never need to change it. Each day will require me to make adjustments so I can get done what I need to for that day, whatever that may entail. And that’s okay.