There are so many articles talking about the importance of work-life balance. There are two sides to the coin, and it is pretty stereotypical to say that millennials fall to one side.
For seven years I worked a full time job, went to my undergrad and grad school full time, and drilled with the army. Obviously in addition to all that I tried to have some sort of social life. The reality- I wasn't really balanced. So now that I have a more flexible schedule and work from home I thought I had hit the jackpot. Then this week I realized there is another looming area where people now need balance- with technology.
For three years now Matt and I have relished in the fact that we have hardly ever have to set an alarm. We have been able to make our own schedule, working 16 hours in one day or just one. We take our hikes and plan our vacations without asking for time off. Yet slowly but surely, I have been losing the battle with technology. I have become so involved with my phone, not only allowing myself however many conversations I want to have while I paint (because without a boss I figured, why not?), but I have been posting on social media, answering conversation, emails, etc. I let myself get to the point where if I see my phone's blinking light letting me know there is a notification, I literally stay anxious until the moment I check it, even if that means stopping in the middle of a painting.
It is OUT OF CONTROL. And I don't think I am the only one.
As most of you probably know, I got so overwhelmed that I left my phone in my room for an entire day this week, only checking it when I stopped for lunch and dinner. Guess what? I got SO MUCH DONE. But not only that, I was more calm. I swear, my paintings came out better AND took less time to complete.
With all the distractions out there, from your phone to a tablet to an Echo to a laptop, WHY aren't we talking about the technology balance? Technology IS NOT life. So it should NOT get lumped into that category when talking about work life balance.
Being away from my phone reminded me that the world won't end. It also reminded me that I chose this path for a reason. How can I sit here and say I am embracing a simple life when I am attached to technology all day? Reliant even. I certainly don't want my kids to be like that, so why do I keep justifying it for me?
I plan to stick with it. I hope I stick with it. I just don't think there is any reason I need to be on my phone/computer more than three times a day. Right before I start working, during my lunch break, and at the end of the day.
You might want to try it. If your job doesn't allow, maybe just after work or on the weekends. It's time to add technology into the mix.
Work. Life. Technology. We all need the balance, but now it's time to actually get it done.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a wonderful, balanced weekend :)