Continuing from the previous post … that in general, I do not agree that without financial freedom, you are unable to achieve Work Life Balance (WLB). For me, WLB is definitely more related to Choice, Discipline and Desire.
I believe there still exist many of us who are under no intense pressure to work during holidays or on leave. Could it be we just cannot bear NOT to read/reply emails, wherever and whenever they are. Sometimes you wonder if it is really Damn Urgent? Or could it be, if you do not that, your colleagues will outshine you, and he will be the next one to be promoted or have a bigger bonus.
I am one of the victims many years ago, but nowadays I try to work during non-working hours only when it is really urgent matters! To help achieve that, you can choose to be more focus during office hours and eradicate the less inefficient colleague gossips, chit-chat, surfing net, fondling with hand phones etc. In this way, we can be more work efficient.
Of course there are unreasonable bosses but in extreme situation, we need to make extreme choice to speak up in a tactful, yet cleverly expressed manner. If it does not help, we may need to bid farewell to the company eventually. In welcoming the new employers, we must be wiser and more prudent the next time.
Ok, fair enough, when you are younger, you need to work and LEARN more during non-official-working hours to scale the career ladder.
Ultimately to have more time for Family, and ourselves, we need to make the right choice in our life. To make the right choice, you need experiences and the wisdom of judgment.
A photo I taken, when I was jogging in Norway
I love exercising and the “sweat it out” feeling. During weekends, I will exercise with my family members. After exercising and shower, I will feel extremely refreshed. I will then enjoy my favorite coffee, accompany by blogging or reading. A nice family dinner with our favorite food will usually follow later in the day of exercising.
This is Health, Family, Leisure, Pleasure and Spiritual developments all in one, for me!
It sounds easy to achieve. Apparently, it does require lots of Discipline initially, to make it a routine.
During weekdays, the busy schedules really make it difficult to exercise. Coming home late and feeling lethargic after a long day at work, you just feel like lazing around at home. Discipline is key to overcome this. Another strategy is constantly reminding yourself that Health is the most important in our life. In that way, it is easier to put into effect the discipline part.
I will suggest a 20-30 minutes light work out. It can be just push and sit-ups at home, a slow jog or short swim, or a stroll after dinner with my wife. Lunchtime exercising if your work hours permit is great too. I use to hit the gym during lunchtime even though I need to drive 15 mins there. Ok – thanks to my more flexi work hours.
The serious health and work problems many years ago change my mindset about work ambition. It is definitely painful at that time when the problems took place. Yet, looking back, it instill in me a stronger DESIRE to PRIORITISE and achieve MORE WORK LIFE BALANCE!