What does your schedule look like today? Do you have so much on your schedule that you don’t have room for lunch, family time or even a bathroom break? If this seems like crazy pace of your day, believe this: You’re not alone. Business owners often work long hours, take minimal vacation time and work during their time off, according to an article published in International Communications Research.
- One in five (21 percent) work while eating dinner at least 4-5 times per week;
- More than a third (37 percent) could not readily remember their last vacation. Of those who did vacation, nearly half admit to working during some portion of it.
Additionally, the pervasiveness of mobile phones and hand-held e-mail devices has only contributed to these long hours at untraditional times.
- More than two-thirds (68 percent) work on days off, checking e-mail, voicemail or making work-related calls;
- Two-thirds (66 percent) work after hours and at night;
- Half (51 percent) work on holidays;
- And almost half (47 percent) work during what is supposed to be family time.
Generally, surveyed leaders of younger companies and those with fewer employees expressed the most lopsided work-life balance, and the vast majority (92 percent) characterized their workload as about the same or heavier than from a year ago.
Allan Branch on Balancing Work and Familiy
“No one is productive for 80+ hours a week. ”
“Remember that work is your tool to make money, its not your life. Money is only a temporary justification for not being there for the people you love. Time is fleeting, memories are priceless, choose life over work any chance you get. As long as you get your work done.”
Most of us need to work to contribute to the family lifestyle but never lose those precious moments with the family.