Why it’s important to be silly
The music is blaring, I’m dancing around the kitchen like someone who is having some sort of fit and my kids are laughing their heads off.
Five minutes ago there was a tense moment. The kids are over tired, they have had a weekend of over stimulation and they’re not sure what to do with all their pent-up energy.
Sometimes you just have to be silly to break the mood.
When any of us ‘wake up on the wrong side of the bed’ (yes, me included) we go back to bed and physically get out on the ‘right side’. It breaks the moment and we all laugh together.
I’m all for being serious and professional when it comes to work, but sometimes you just have to be silly.
Shake your hair out, put on a song that makes you move and dance around until you can’t breathe. Seriously, go and do it now!
I was having a coffee with a friend this morning and gave him some marketing tips for a new business venture. I immediately snapped into work mode and my marketing brain kicked in. We were talking about PR strategy, digital marketing and creating media as a way to spread the word about his upcoming business launch. Just five minutes earlier, I was wrestling my 3-year-old and tickling him just to hear that magical sound of a child laughing with not a care in the world.
That is work life balance.
I hear about people trying to make their lives balanced between work and life and struggling to come to a happy medium.
I have the key. I’ll tell you.
There is no secret. There is no formula. Work life balance will vary from person to person. For some, it means having the time to attend activities with your children, for others it means working from home. Your work life balance cannot be dictated by someone else: it needs to be created to suit your life. Your family. Your time.
In this household, I take time to work when the kids are sleeping and at school or daycare. I also use the electronic babysitter and at times have to ask the kids to wait 5 minutes while I make an important call. That’s our balance.
Does that mean my life is not balanced? Heck no!
My definition of work life balance is different to the woman next to me. She may not see the fact that I’m working while my children watch a movie as achieving balance, but her way of doing things may not work for me.
I spoke yesterday about measuring your success and how it really varies from person to person. What one woman sees as a milestone, may not even be a blip on the radar for another. It’s exactly the same with work life balance. Your definition will be completely different to the person next to you, and that’s ok.
So today, be a little silly. Let your hair down and give yourself a pat on the back. Think about what you have achieved rather than what you haven’t. It’s important to focus on the positive things.