What’s your view on work-life balance? Do you need work-life balance to find time for exercise, or would you make the time for exercise to get work-life balance?
I never dreamed of having a work-life balance after my son was born and I decided to continue full time work. Especially after moving to Sydney while my parents are 10 hours away, I was clear about what I would face and started to prepare my mind months before the relocation. I understand it’s all about prioritisation and making choices that suits the current stage of my life.
There are things I feel I have to sacrifice (personal interest, shopping time, going out regularly with friends, spending hours in a fine dining restaurant with my husband, etc) if I want to operate my young family and have a career at the same time. I cannot survive without a good nights sleep so getting up at 5am to work is definitely not for me – this means I can’t schedule a hectic timetable that asks me to be functional from early morning to late night. I think about what the most important things are for me and how much I can achieve without burning out.
For me, health, family, career development (slower but sustainable) are the top 3 things I don’t want to give up. After the priorities are set, I don’t feel upset if there’s little time left. Life is long and I will be able to have my personal life back later, but I need to stay healthy, strong and happy to enjoy my life later.