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Self-Test: Measuring Your Work/Life Balance
There are no objective measures of whether any particular individual is working too hard. While one individual may positively thrive on late nights and a 50-hour week, another may find even one or two late evenings at work unbearable. At the end of the day, your work/life balance is something that you must determine for yourself. So why not take this short test to determine whether your work and personal life are happily balanced?
Read the following statements and tick whether you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.
1. I usually feel rested when I wake up in the mornings
2. My family often complain that they do not see me enough
3. I have at least two hobbies or leisure interests that have nothing to do with work
4. I was happier in the past than I am now
5. I always take my full allowance of annual leave
6. I sometimes wake up at night worrying about problems at work
7. I often feel that my work intrudes on my personal life
8. If I died right now, I would be happy with the legacy I have left behind me
9. I seldom have the energy to go out during weekday evenings
10. I rarely have to let friends down at the last minute about social engagements
Scoring your work/life balance
Add up your personal score as follows:
Give yourself one point every time that you agreed with the statements numbered 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9.
And give yourself another point each time that you disagreed with statements 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10.
Your score Comment
0–1 You have achieved a balance between your work and life that many people would envy. Two points of advice though. First, make sure that you keep your life mission in mind, in all of your future career decisions and career moves, in order to preserve this enviable balance. Second, watch out that putting your personal life above your work so much does not do harm to your future career prospects.
2–4 You seem to have a mostly satisfactory work/life balance. Work may occasionally encroach into your personal life, but your balance is still above average. But how will you preserve this balance as your career gathers pace?
5–7 It seems that your work is spilling over into your personal life. Perhaps it is more late nights or weekends at work than you would like. Or maybe the pressure of work makes you feel tired and irritable even when you are not at work. If this is not a temporary phase in your work, you may need to read the advice in this chapter and take action to address this imbalance between your work and life outside of work.
8–10 Your work seems to be the dominant force in your life. Life outside of your work hardly seems to exist. In fact, if this continues for long, you could put your health and personal relationships at risk. Can you see yourself working at this pace for the rest of your life? Read the advice in this chapter and take action soon.
But the ultimate test of your work/life balance is to ask yourself whether you are happy. So are you happy with your work and life?
14th May 2012 From India