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?