If there’s one thing people who know me always comment on (aside from my ridiculous obsession with my pets and my terrible taste in music) it’s how busy I always am. For some reason, I struggle to just do nothing and if I ever find myself with a day where I don’t have anything planned, I have to find something to do – whether that be a walk around the local woods with Poppy, a wander along Southend seafront, or a quiet drink and a bite to eat in the pub.
I’m not really sure where this inability to be still came from, but I think I’ve always been the same.
Since I moved house, my balance of time has been a little off; I’ve been struggling to find a routine in which I can function fully in all sectors of my life – work, blogging, boyfriend, family, friends, never mind housework, dog training and all the other bits and pieces that make up everyday life. I think the fact I struggle to fit everything I need to do in to 24-hours is perhaps the reason I very rarely watch TV (unless I’m with Ben) – I just don’t have the time to fit programme viewing in!
So, when I saw Simplyhealth had created a quiz focussed on the work/life balance, I was curious to see what it said about me. By answering 10 simple questions, it tells you if you’re a Separator, an Integrator or a Volleyer.
I normally find online quizzes are a little wide of the mark as they have to be fairly all encompassing in order for those taking them to feel they’ve been correctly measured, but I have to say, this quiz seems to have nailed my work/life balance pretty well – it tells me an an Integrator:
The boundaries between work and home are blurred for you. You integrate your work and personal life both physically
(you work when at home, and do personal things in the office), and psychologically (you feel the stresses of work even when you’re not there).
This is good because it means you’re skilled at juggling the competing demands of your professional and personal roles, giving you scope
for flexibility on both sides. However, be wary of the lines between home and work becoming too blurred, as it may affect either aspect
of your life negatively. Make an effort to give yourself time to fully switch off from work regularly, whether that’s for an evening out or a holiday.
Luckily, nowadays I’m in a job I really enjoy, so I don’t often get stressed nor have to bring work home with me (I mean, a puppy asleep on my desk – how could I not love it?!) but in my previous job I was forever blurring the lines between the two aspects of my life and it really took its toll on me.
I think what I have taken from this is that with this being my style of living – all or nothing – I need to ensure I keep on top of my life admin and organisation, keeping the levels of chaos in my world to a minimum!
I’d be interested to know what the quiz describes you as and whether you think it’s got you sussed! Nip over to their website to take the quiz now and let me know how you get on!