For the last ten-years I have been hearing about a topic which I never really considered until recently. It is the discussion about fitting life or activities outside of work and balancing those activities with the time commitments of work. Some people refer to this as “work/life balance” and others refer to it as “work-life fit” whichever way you refer to it, we believe it boils down to four distinct categories.
- Family Time
- Work Time
- Personal Time
- Friendship Time
Family Time should be pretty self explanatory, this is time you carve out of your day to spend it with your wife, or husband, or significant other and your children or pets
Work Time is also fairly straight forward. It is the time where you go to your work at a scheduled daily time if a full time worker such as 8am to 4pm, or 10am to 6pm, or perhaps your a remote worker or a shift worker, or an overnight worker
Personal Time is the time you carve out each day to rejuvenate and recuperate for yourself. Its the time where you spend alone in your day. Perhaps that’s 15-minutes in your woodshed, or a half-hour in the bathtub reading a book, or a twenty-minute cycle fit class or another activity you enjoy
Friendship Time should be pretty easy. Its a period of time you carve out to see your friends whether that’s going to the gym together, or a sporting event, or watching an event, or just B/S-ing over a cup of coffee or a couple of beers in the garage
For more years than I can remember I spent ALL of my time focused on traveling around the world, seeing exotic lands, writing dealing with day-to-day life in a country where English is not the primary language and figuring out why the heck its truly difficult to send a postcard back home? My life was spent behind the camera, in front of the laptop and being a workaholic. Then I met my wife and eventually over a period of time all of these worldwide time commitments changed.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.Chinese Proverb
Today, our life is not a constant whirlwind of travel to exotic global destinations. It’s living here in Central Alberta Canada. It’s learning about this vast and great province from the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the prairies of Alberta. Or the plateaus in the Badlands to the 10,000 lakes north of Edmonton and the of course the glorious Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Where Do You “Fit” In?
The answer to this question must come from within you. I cannot inform you how to manage your time, I can merely suggest and/or mentor you on how to create a better “balance” or “fit” of your time against the four key activities of;
Family, Work, Personal and Friendship.
~ James Curtis