Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A to Z Blog Challenge-Balancing Act

I'm sure that I am not the only one that feels like my entire life is a balancing act.  Work, home, family, my daughter, hobbies...it seems like the list is never-ending! 

I work from 7:30am to 3:30pm.  All day, I'm balancing multiple responsibilities, from providing direct services to the people I work with to completing paperwork and meeting deadlines to maintaining peace among staff.  There are days that I feel like I've been extremely productive, and days when I go home feeling like I got absolutely nothing accomplished.  Last week, I decided to close and lock my office door for an hour in order to attempt to catch up on paperwork.  In that hour, there were 12, yes 12!!! knocks on my door.  Each interruption was for a question that the staff person could have answered themselves.  Needless to say, I ended up frustrated and nothing got done!

After work, I pick up my daughter at school/daycare.  We either go straight home or stop at the grocery store for dinner supplies.  Once again, the balancing act begins.  She is, and always will be, my number one priority.  However, once we get home, I also have to fit in cooking, cleaning, laundry, and all the other household tasks that nobody else does.  I make every attempt to give her my full attention, and I feel bad when I'm unable to do that.  My only hope is that, once she's older, she won't look back on her childhood and feel like she was neglected in any way.

My question to everyone is this....how do you go about balancing the multiple responsibilities in your life, and how do you fit in time for yourself? 


  1. I feel exactly the same way, and I'm not very organised so it gets more and more complicated. Last week I bought a product to get organised, and I'm already changing some things. The product is called I'm Finally Organised, from the site getorganizednow.com and I'm loving it!

  2. Life is surely a balancing act, and I don't even have kids yet. Sometimes I do forget that I have to take time for myself, too.


  3. Hanging a "Don't disturb me unless there's fire" sign might help at work. At home balancing what needs to be done and what you would like to do for yourself isn't easy. I can remember getting up 1/2 hour early and just reading in bed. Also trading off sitting for a neighbor so she could get away and then she'd do the same for me. Anyhow- have a great day today!

  4. We do have a lot to balance, don't we? Your daughter is precious.

  5. how do you go about balancing the multiple responsibilities in your life, and how do you fit in time for yourself?

    That's it, isn't it....

    I guess I'm lucky in my work. And at home, we all try to take care of each other and ourselves. I take the time I need for myself when I can...before I slide too far off the rails!!

  6. Balancing can be complicated when so many things are going on simultaneously. There are also days when I know I need to accomplish a lot of things but I just can't seem to get the internal engine running.

  7. Stopping by from the #atozchallenge !

    You're supposed to fit in time for yourself?
    Does sleep count?