Learn to Balance Work and Play

Wow, I have been so incredibly busy in the last few weeks.  First with work.  Then with lots of play.  And somewhere in there, I began to feel a major lack of balance in my life.

It all started a few weeks ago when my company received several gigs to work on.  It was mostly exciting stuff with quick turnarounds and fairly decent to high paying dollar signs.  Definitely nothing to complain about, but it did mean that Rene and I needed to work a lot in a short amount of time.  So after we finally finished most of the work and had a little more free time to enjoy, we rewarded ourselves with some major chillaxitude.

We went out to eat and enjoyed the scenery of LA (with bonus rain pouring, too!).  We cashed in Groupons and other coupons and just enjoyed ourselves nonstop (one coupon was for horse riding lessons, it was so fun!).  I tried out a few new real food recipes, all with great success (finally got to making bone stock and now I can’t stop making it!).  I even started playing video games again, and got a good chunk of playtime in for Mass Effect (my new gaming addiction!).

Life was grand, but I couldn’t help but feel that I had forgotten something.  That’s right, my blog!  So I tried to think up what I wanted to write about, and I simply felt so very unaccomplished in all my chillaxing, that I didn’t feel accomplished enough to write about anything.  It’s only now, three weeks since my last post, that I’m realizing the mistake I made in all this hard work and play I was doing.  I’m lacking balance between the two, and I end up doing both super extremely, leaving the balanced stuff simply forgotten (like blogging, reading all the numerous books and blogs I’ve been wanting to read since forever, social media communicating and even returning emails in a timely manner).

I’m not sure what the best way to balance work and play is for me, especially since my work generally comes in waves, and I’m at the whim of clients, but I’m determined to try something and finding something that will work.  Rene and I just got our biggest gig yet which will commence any day now and probably take us through till the end of the month to complete.  I’m so excited because this is our first gig that will bring in 5 figures, and the commercials we’ll be producing will get real big exposure!  It means a lot of big things for my company, and I can’t wait to get started.  But at the same time, I want to prevent the imbalance of work and play that I have witnessed in myself in the last few weeks.  The coming weeks will be even more intensely crazy with work than ever before, which means more pressure to go into crazy chillax mode afterwards.

So I’ve decided I’m going to try to set a few things that I want to do everyday, no matter how busy I get.  They won’t be big, but should hopefully remind me to keep things a little more relaxed and balanced on a daily basis.  Here they are:

1. Read at least 10 minutes before I go to bed each night.  I’ve been trying to read a million books, but because I’m such a slow reader, I simply get bored with my slow pace and forget to read for weeks or even months on end.  Don’t get me wrong, I read a ton of stuff online almost daily, but real books become so difficult for me for some reason.  I’ve previously found it helpful to read before sleeping anyways, so I’m hoping that taking up this goal again will help.

2. Play video games at least once a week.  Since I started playing Mass Effect, I’m finding that video games are really good for forcing my mind to think of something else other than all the worries of the world.  I’ve unfortunately taken on the bad habit of worrying about silly things such as finances and where our next gig will come from and not accomplishing goals that I want to accomplish.  Video games are an outlet for me to just stop the worries and put my mind elsewhere, in a place that’s both fun and challenging.  Ideally, I’d like to play more than once a week, but I’m not going to push my goals too aggressively until I feel like I can take on more.

3. Cook up a lot of real food at home, preferably in one day or two.  Cooking real food is not only a good way to help me forget my worries, but also nourish myself and Rene so we can keep up with the hard work and play.  I’ve been mostly cooking things up every other day, but in preparation for busy work schedules in the coming days, I want to make sure my fridge is well stocked with easy to heat up real food.  In case I don’t meet this goal to my satisfaction, we have a lot of good organic restaurant nearby that can deliver good food, so I won’t stress too much if this goal isn’t fully accomplished each week.

That’s about it.  I will be updating this list in the near future as I see how well I actually get to accomplishing it.

What about you?  Do you have trouble balancing your work and play?  What do you find works well to help you truly balance your life so that you’re getting both great productivity and lots of fun?

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