For those of you that don’t know me, I have a very hectic job. Work life balance is the long talked about rarely achieved goal.
Before I had a baby an average day would be 8am until 7pm (9 – 5.15 are my contracted hours). During busy season that became 8-9pm, at least. The funny thing about that is I was so accustomed to it that it doesn’t sound that bad. WHAT WAS I THINKING!
An added blessing of having a child is perspective. If I get home late and I look at him peacefully sleeping I regret having missed a day of playing with him. He is growing so fast that there are not many of these days in the grand scheme of things.
Coming back from leave was hard. The guilt I had about walking out the door at 4.30 was awful! Despite arriving in before 8 and working most of my lunch break. A year in and I am finally used to walking out. I start at 7.30 and run out the door at about 4.30 each day. I am also a much more efficient worker as I just have to be. No chatting in the kitchens, just head down for the day.
If things are hectic I work during my evenings too and to be fair, probably more evenings than I should work. I wouldn’t say it’s a great work life balance. More work less balance. But it’s so much better than before.
I will keep trying to find a better balance as I keep telling myself:
Work to live, don’t live to Work!
And the minute I see my little one, all guilt just floats away! 😍