Work-Life Balance & A Weekend in Tauranga
It was not an escape from life. It was making sure that life didn't escape me.
Ever since I have moved to Auckland I have been stuck in a cycle; work, uni, sleep, repeat. It was a bit of a shock to my system. I had a four month holiday between finishing school and starting uni which, needless to say, was the by far the best summer of my entire life! But it also meant that I had become unbelievably and disgustingly lazy!
I quickly got a job and uni came at me in full-force leaving little room for a social life or a life at all really.
This weekend was the first tiny little time slot where I had no class and no work on Friday or Saturday - so what did I do? I gapped it! I packed my bags and headed south to Tauranga. It wasn't a complete holiday - it couldn't be because I had an assignment due on the Tuesday morning! But I was able to really think about that whole "work-life balance" thing and take some time out to make the most of life. And assignments are way more enjoyable while sipping coffee from a sun-kissed cafe at the Mount! And yes... contrary to what the photos I have used in this post may suggest, I actually did get some sunshine!
I think that balance really isn't about slacking off in certain areas but being a bit smarter with my time. I had to sit down and ask myself what I am prioritising. If you work for eight hours a day and get eight hours sleep at night, what are those other 8 spent doing? To be entirely honest, I don't even know where those other eight hours go! I probably spend a few too many hours on social media and then all of the rest of those hours in the kitchen making food to avoid doing anything that is somewhat productive.