A friend recently called me a robot. After being slightly offended, I sat back and actually thought about it. She was right. I am a robot.
I am scheduled, disciplined, regimented and extremely organized, and, like a robot, I follow the very same patterns every day. As a PR professional at Franco Public Relations Group and a mom of two young daughters, I often feel like I am on auto pilot. As I am certain most working parents would agree, the tasks of the day almost always outweigh the hours available. All we can do is maintain our sanity, love our family and enjoy our work. Most of all, we just smile and laugh, for every day is a juggling act of time, resources and patience.
It is important to remember that people who have a work-life balance don’t always have a work-life balance. It is the same analogy as sometimes you are the pigeon and sometimes you are the statue. Since not every day is the same, even if you live like a robot, you can only hope that most days you feel in control. And if not, it’s time to make a change. Parents magazine recently offered 11 steps to finding work-family balance in a crazy-busy world in the article The Working Mom Balancing Act.
Although I am not prepared to offer highly intellectual tips or tricks on ways to achieve a work-life balance, I can offer a very basic rule – You can have it all. It just won’t all be perfect.
So stop watching everyone else paint the picture of perfection and just create your own unique reality — full of bad family photos, failed cooking expeditions, silly ideas and awkward moments. My life is full of them; it’s kind of fun that way.