Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get things done?
Does taking vacation seem like something you can get to “hopefully one day”? When I feel this way, I know 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 or school, family and friends, and your time.
For the questions below, give yourself a number from a scale of 1 to 5.
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?
- Does your family complain that you don’t spend enough time with them? _____
- Are you resentful for having responsibilities at home? _____
- Do you expect your family to adapt to your personal or work schedule? _____
- Often do you feel worried about your family’s needs? _____
Total for category: _____
- Do you worry that your job interferes with your family or personal needs? _____
- Do you feel guilty about the time you spend at work, or for work? _____
- Does it bother you if you have to bring work home? _____
- Are you upset because you aren’t earning enough income? _____
Total for category: _____
- When you take a vacation, do you feel guilty? _____
- Do you wish you got more exercise? _____
- When it comes to doing things or activities, do you feel you never get to do what you like? _____
- Do you feel that you never have enough time for yourself? _____
Total for category:
Total for all categories:
What your total score means:
- If your total score is 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.
- If your total score is 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
- Evaluate what your priorities are and focus on your “big picture.”
- Plan and prioritize when you have conflicting demands.
- 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.
- Relaxation -including private time away from partners and family members, if applicable —is essential to rejuvenate.
- Approach commitments with goals and a positive attitude.
- Work towards open communication with work and personal relationships including effectively letting them know when things are getting too much to handle.
- Shift gears when it’s time to refocus your priorities.
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.