Working Life Balance: Where Do You Measure Up On the Scale?
Whether you’re an ambitious workaholic slaving away up to 70 – 80 hours a week or a pleasure-seeking socialite who’s never had to work a day in your life, it’s clear that there’s an imbalance that needs to be rectified. You always hear the words “work/life balance” but what does that exactly mean? Well, we went ahead and divvied up the categories that make up our living: physical, mental, spiritual, organizational, and relational. Take the quiz and see where you fall so you can work on your life balancing chops.
__ I work out twice or more per week
__ I eat out fewer than four times per week
__ I get a daily dose of water, fruits and veggies
__ I’m up-to-date on annual doctor and dental checkups
__ I’m up-to-date on haircut and grooming needs
__ I’m mentally stimulated and challenged at work
__ I regularly read and learn from books and websites relevant to my work/industry
__ I take regular vacations and breaks so I don’t burn out
__ I’m pretty cultured on the latest news, movies, music and events around town
__ I take steps to practice a character trait I need/want but lack
__ I have a regular time of reflecting, meditating/praying
__ I take time to read meaningful/motivational quotes, verses, proverbs
__ I depend on a higher power and seek the meaning of life
__ Volunteering and giving is a regular part of my life
__ I engage in meaningful conversations
__ I’m not behind on my domestic duties (clean house, stocked up fridge, dry cleaning, etc)
__ I pay my bills on time
__ I balance my checkbook and see where I spend
__ All my important docs are neatly filed away (passport, warranties, etc)
__ My calendar is filled out with to-dos (oil change, appointments)
__ I go out and socialize with friends at least three times a week
__ I meet and network with a new person at least once or twice a week
__ I have a close knit of family/friends that I can always rely on
__ I check up on family and friends to see how they are doing
__ I keep in touch with old buddies and co-workers and follow up with new people I’ve met.
So How Balanced Are You? Tally up the number of checkmarks you have in each category (i.e., if you checked off only 1 per section, you fall into the red category).
0-1 Red — Stop and re-evaluate. Go through the list again and see how to include more of the items into your life.
2-3 Yellow — You could keep going, but it’ll do you good to slow down and check your motors. There’s always room for improvement.
4-5 Green — Pat yourself on the back. You’ve mastered the work/life balancing act.