In my opinion, it is very hard to establish a work-life balance because I want to excel in both areas. In fact, I have been and am still trying different methods of organising my things.
According to Wikipedia,
- “work” refers to career and ambition and
- “life” refers to health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation.
Time for full concentration
When there is a need for time to put my full concentration, I will do that too. For example, I will spend some time with my children to read books to them, sing songs together, play toys together, etc. When it is time to work, I will set aside time too.
Time for health
As for health, it is quite hard for me to look for time to do some work out. So, I will usually choose to walk staircase instead of escalator when I am outside. Especially in the morning, I made it a point to climb staircase while on my way to work.
Time with smartphone
My smartphone has been helping me to achieve many things at one time (regardless of work or life). For example, I will try to put my things on the cloud so that I can work from my mobile phone when I am outside. When I am in the train, waiting at a bus stop or waiting for my food, I will whip out my phone to work on something.
Mobile Apps which have helped me
I must thank so many apps out there helping me. Let’s just list them down for a nice shout out.
- Todoist: Keeps my tasks on track.
- Evernote: Keeps my notes whenever I need to insert or retrieve.
- Mindjet: Keeps me think of the big picture of things.
- Dropbox: Let’s me store files to move between my phone and desktop.
- Docs To Go: Opens up the document files so that I can have a quick check.
- Audible: Let me listen to my audio books.
- Kindle: Read the books at my convenience.
- Gmail: Check my mails stored on Google server.
- Outlook: Check my mails stored on Microsoft server and elsewhere.