It's time to concede defeat; not in life, but with the idea that we can truly achieve balance. Instead, shoot for a blended life. Look for ways to increase your flexibility so that your work life starts to blend with your personal life. How?
I have been an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College and DePaul University. I would take my daughter and son with me to a couple of classes when they were younger so that they could see dad in action, and so we'd have something to talk about afterward.
It was a way of blending my personal life with my work life, and realizing that it's hard to see where one begins and the other ends. The point is to at least look for the opportunities to blend work and personal activities so that life becomes more of what you truly want to accomplish.
Nothing is ever perfect. You can expect disruptions and disappointments. But keeping the bigger picture of a blended life will take you farther than simply trying to keep your life in balance.
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