Quiz: How’s your life balance – plus some tips to improve it

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Apparently it’s possible to lose your balance in flats when you’re barely moving!

Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get things done?  Does vacation time seem like something you can get to in the “distant future”? I’m perpetually in this state, and right now it’s time to reevaluate my priorities.  If you’re in the same boat, this quiz can help you measure your degree of balance between the demands of work, family responsibilities and your time.

For the questions below, give yourself a number from a scale of 1 to 5.

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Add up your total for each category and then add up those totals for an overall score for all categories.

Quiz: How’s your balance?

Mixed raced group of friends commuting in city

Personal

  1. Does your family complain that you don’t spend enough time with them?       _____
  2. Do responsibilities at home make you resentful?              _____
  3. Do you expect your family to adapt to your personal or work schedule? _____
  4. Do you often feel worried about your family’s needs?    _____

Total for category:          _____

Work

  1. Do you worry that your job interferes with your family or personal needs?   _____
  2. Do you feel guilty about the time you spend at work, or for work?            _____
  3. Does it bother you if you have to bring work home?        _____
  4. Are you upset because you aren’t earning enough income?         _____

Total for category:          _____

You

  1. Do you feel guilty about taking a vacation?   _____
  2. Do you wish you got more exercise?      _____
  3. Do you feel you never get to do what you like?  _____
  4. Do you feel there’s never enough time for yourself?   _____

Total for category:

Total for all categories: 

What your total score means:

  • A total score of less than 20: You have learned to balance family, work and your needs.
  • A total score of 21–30: You have managed a good balance with some need for improvement.
  • A total score of 31–40: You have a fair balance with areas for improvement.
  • A total score of 41–50: You are having trouble managing your family, work and personal needs.

Some tips to get more balance in your life

Park at the Bluffs

Stop to smell the roses – or any flowers!

  1. Evaluate what your priorities are and focus on your “big picture.”
  2. Plan and prioritize when you have conflicting demands.
  3. Pay attention to the warning signs when the demands of work take up personal time, or when personal responsibilities distract you at work or school.
  4. Relaxation -including private time away from partners and family members, if applicable —is essential to rejuvenate.
  5. Approach commitments with goals and a positive attitude.
  6. Work towards open communication with work and personal relationships including effectively letting them know when things are getting too much to handle.
  7. Shift gears when it’s time to refocus your priorities.

Some additional resources from this blog

If you need some support finding your perfect life balance talk to a healthcare professional, someone you trust, or someone you feel has a good life balance and may be able to offer you some tips to steer you in the right direction.

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  1. Great post. I always liked the ‘wheel’ analogy. Thinking of each area in our lives as a spoke. If the spokes are different sizes, it’s likely to be a bumpy ride.

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      • You’re welcome Samantha and thank you. It really helps me, particularly if I know an event or circumstance is on the horizon that means I might be spending less focus or energy in a certain ‘spoke’. Here’s to a smoother ride.

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  2. Ahhh Samantha! I’ve missed your blogs! This post was at the perfect timing – I’ve been swept up in so much work at the end of the school year, that I literally had no time to sit down in front of the computer for some free time! It’s ironic that the first blog post I read from you after a month long hiatus is about my life balance. As a student, it’s so hard to juggle academics, extracurriculars, sports, friends/social life, and blogging! This quiz (my score was astoundingly bad…) was a reality check for me. Thanks so much and have an amazing Monday! xoxo, steph

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    • I’m in the same boat Steph! I haven’t had time to read blogs in ages.I am writing posts at 10:30 at night these days…so I felt that this post was needed :). I hope you can get to regroup this summer and maybe approach next semester with a more balanced approach. I also haven’t forgotten that we need to do some posts, maybe we can start in July! I hope you have a fabulous week xoxo

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      • Yes! I’m so excited to write on the blog posts you’ve suggested! Hopefully you will be able to prioritize and balance your schedule so that you can get blog posts up without sacrificing sleep! Much love and let’s keep in touch! Xoxo Steph

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    • Thanks so much, I appreciate it! And haha! Love it. I think there’s no such think as an unbalanced personality. I think it’s called “interesting” (or else I’m in the same boat – except with more of an unbalance in my work/life 🙂 ) Have a great day!

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