"That said, my kids are at home right now with my husband and I'm missing something important at my daughter's school which makes me feel sick inside. It's a lot of balance and a lot of really hard decision making." -- Reese Witherspoon
I think a lot of us feel like Reese. Striking a balance in our lives is challenging, at least it is for me. I'm a mother and wife, a journalist and author, a sister and friend, a church council member and school advisory committee member and the list continues.
What I think makes the many roles I have even more difficult is that I never settle for mediocre or good enough. Whatever I do I give it 100 percent. Yes, I'm Type A. Yes, I'm a perfectionist. Yes, it's a demon that I fight every day, sometimes a blessing and at other times a curse. And yet, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Fortunately my kids are older and don't need me as much and I have an incredibly supportive husband. I try to save the weekends for him, but even that is sometimes difficult with both of our schedules. So I've learned to get the time when we can and make the most of it.
But to be honest, the juggling can be difficult, even for someone with pretty decent time management skills like I think I have. Sometimes you have to make choices because you can't do it all. If you visit all of the blogs on your blog reader, that's an hour or so that you don't have to write. If you spend an hour in a tweet chat, that's an hour that you don't have to write. So, you have to make decisions.
I wish I had time to do all of the things I want to do, but I don't. So I do the best I can with what time I have.
Nathan Bransford had a thoughtful post on this just yesterday. Check it out when you have time and tell me how you handle your many roles.
Sometimes I think it would be great if we required no sleep. I think of how much I could accomplish if I were awake all of the time. But then I remember how much I love my sleep. I mean, really, really love my sleep. (Wish I could go back to bed right now!)
Anyway, have a super day!