Prompt: Many people aim to achieve a balance between work and other parts of lives, but few people achieve it. What are the problems in trying it and how to overcome them?
A Well-Balanced Life
In our fast-paced society, people are preoccupied with work, studies, family responsibilities, and so on. A quiet afternoon reading a novel while sipping tea seem luxurious for many of us. Almost everyone has attempted to work while enjoying life, but few succeeded. Overestimations of oneself, inappropriate prioritization, and poor time management are the main problems standing between people and their well-balanced lives.
Few people estimate their capabilities accurately. Being overconfident about how much we can handle, we tend to overwhelm ourselves. We barely have enough time or effort to focus on every single one of our tasks, letting alone enjoying spare time. For example, a friend of mine enrolled in six classes last semester. Ignoring the warnings of a heavy workload, he insisted that he could manage. As a result of overestimating himself, he spent hours doing homework and had no time to socialize with friends. To achieve a balanced life, we need to acknowledge our potentials and to assign ourselves appropriate amounts of work.
When being confused about which aspects of life are more important than others, people fail to prioritize their activities. For example, another friend of mine regarded extracurricular activities to be more important than schoolwork. She joined five clubs, which gave her extra work. While her classmates were attending review sessions and office hours, she played volleyball and rehearsed for concerts. In the end, she failed one of her classes. To balance work and life, we need to recognize the main focus of our lives and plan other activities around it.
A well-balanced life also depends on how skillful we manage our time. We tend to work with low efficiencies and complain about not having enough free time. Nowadays, with all kinds of entertainments around us, people are easily distracted. People, especially college students, listen to music, reply to messages, and even browse on social media sites while working. The distractions take away their free time and fail them in both work and life. People can avoid distractions during work by dividing the day into several time slots and schedule various activities for each slot.
In conclusion, few people succeed in balancing work and life because it is difficult to excel at estimating ourselves, prioritizing duties, and managing time. Hopefully, people will learn to make plans wisely and enhance efficiencies so they can live a more fulfilling, satisfying life.