Thursday, September 10, 2009

Work-Life balance


Life in cities is usually very hectic. All around us we see frenzied activities. People are ever busy. A person who visits a city from a rural area tends to get disoriented with the buzz and the activity. People are always on the move and no one has any time for anyone. In order to get the most out of life, we pack our days with activities. In our quest to increase our wealth, we work ceaselessly.

In the mornings, we are in a rush to get to work. We usually come home late – it is work, parties or other engagements that ties us down. By the time we come home, we are dead tired and crash into the bed. The next day it is virtually the same routine. Some of us also have travel schedules that keep us busy. If we have some spare time, we feel guilty or worried that someone else is utilising her time better. If we get to reach home early, we watch TV, catch up on reading etc. We even carry work home on the weekends.

In the midst of all this, we tend to forget our loved ones and our families. We hardly spend time with them or exchange pleasantries. It is as if they do not matter to us. While, in fact, they are the most important part of our lives. Their presence is invaluable to us. It is only our loved ones who really care for us and support us in times of need. By giving so little time to them, we risk growing apart and losing them. While we are busy and growing older, we are missing all the joy of bonding and being there.

Make a resolution today. No matter how important or urgent your work life is, you will not sacrifice family time. All official meetings will wait, if there is a family event at the same time. Official engagements will be re-scheduled if your child needs your time or attention. You will celebrate with family once every month - if there is no reason, invent one. After all, what is life for, if not spent in the company of loved ones?

6 comments:

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Very important, as you said, to strike a balance between work and private life, so as to ensure that either of them are properly conducted!

Yes, I prefer a small town to a metro! Hailing from Ooty, I feel life is extremely fast paced in big cities, often eroding the quality of life experienced!

Anonymous said...

Life is best enjoyed when time periods are evenly divided between work and family.Many a times we forget how to say 'no' and take on too many things.When we work too hard we need to ask ourselves as to when was the last time we enjoyed with our family and friends.
'Life ends-but work will never end'

Tyaagi

Vyshu said...

Very well said..!

Striking balance is the only solution i rely on ! You reminded me of being vigilant to the time spending fr family ..Sometimes i ought to stretch my working hours and leave office at unearthly hours..its inevitable..But that should be handled i feel now..

Thanks you vish ..!

Being Pramoda... said...

HI ..very well said..

To be balanced is the one important thing is life's journey...:)

anupama said...

dear vish,
easily said than done!:)and these days blogging takes much of the free time!
realisations come late n happy that you do your role of bringing awareness to the ones who forget to live life fully.
we often forget the great n the lay man have an equal amount of time,twenty four hours at their disposal.
but i feel,i run out of time.
for me today is a rose day;may i offer you a yellow rose?
sasneham,
anu

KParthasarathi said...

One of the best messages worth remiding ourselves often.Sadly we tend to forget only to regret in leisure later in life at our foolishness.