Life Balance Quiz

Do you have your own life in balance? Try the following simple quiz to analyze the state of A your own life at the moment.

The hours you keep

1. Do you get home before 7pm?

2. Do you manage not to work on your journey to and from work?

3. Do you manage not to work at home in the evenings?

Your relationships

5. Do you eat with your partner on weekday evenings?

Never Sometimes Very often Always

6. Do you have time to talk to your partner before you go to work? □

9. Do you help your child(ren) with their homework during the week? □

10. Do you make love to your partner during the week? □

11. Do you see friends during the week who are not also work colleagues? □

Your interests

12. Do you fit hobbies or interests into your life? □

13. Do you make time to read for enjoyment rather than for work? □

14. Do you listen to music?

Your health

16. Do you make time to reflect, think, or meditate during the week? □ □

17. Do you choose to walk, rather than taking a car, bus, train, or taxi during the week? □ □

Never Sometimes Very often Always

18. Do you manage to avoid being irritable with your partner/family when you get home from work?

19. Do you manage to avoid staying awake at night thinking about work?

20. Do you wake up feeling refreshed and well slept?

Score 1 for each box you have ticked under column A, 2 under B, 3 under C, and 4 under D. If you don't have a partner, answer those questions that apply. If you don't have children, miss out questions 7-9. If you work from home, adapt the questions as you think fit.

Analyzing your scores

64-80 Your life is very well balanced.

46-63 You are trying to concentrate on your home life as well as on your work.

28-45 There are times when your work is intruding into your life. 10-27 Your work is dominating your life.

All of the leaders I have interviewed are acutely conscious of the difficult balancing act involved in reconciling work and family lives. Most of them put some clear boundaries around weekends and some of their weekday time. But, most of them also work very long hours and travel extensively and internationally.

Several spoke of their partner as coach and critical friend. There is, clearly, no right or wrong way of doing relationships. But, at least the issue of how people spend their time is beginning to be discussed more openly and sympathetically.

Brian Dyson, chief executive of Coca-Cola Enterprises, describes the challenge of today's hectic life:

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them—work, family, health, friends and spirit—and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls—family, health, friends and spirit—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will become irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

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The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.

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