For a better part of a two years, I have enjoyed a rather relaxed 40 hour a week job. During this time, I was able to achieve my Master's Degree, read, research, blog, mountain bike, trail run, lose some weight and the list goes on. . .and on. . .and on.
However, I find myself in a quandary of trying to regain the balance that I once had as the pressures of work increase, the church life moves in new directions, my personal life takes off (this is a good thing), and life just sort of explodes.
Finding balance is key for a leader's success. I have pushed the 60 hr work week once already in the past few weeks & I absolutely hate it. I understand that work is how we make a living, but it does not define my life & I am bound and determined to not lose my balance. I will submit to the projects that need to be completed in a timely fashion. I will rise early & enter the office early, but not so that I can work later, but rather so that I can leave at a normal time (like say after my nine hours – since we are on a 9/80).
During our last major project, I gained far too much weight, let life & work slip severely out of balance, and I am determined to not let that happen a 2nd time. Therefore, I shall work more efficiently, understand my limits & walk away, and always reserve time for restoring the soul – without the soul, how can we function? Work is part of life, it should not be your life!
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