Disclaimer: I realize that creating and maintaining a work-life balance is a “First World problem” and that many people in the United States and worldwide are struggling just to survive. Preacher, choir.
I’m enjoying my more relaxed summer schedule. I’m making enough money to cover basic needs, and I have time to do freelance work, go to the gym, swim in my apartment complex’s pool, and see and talk to friends and family. Now I’ve been asked to take on a new home care client, and I’m trying to decide what I should do.
Pro: I could use the money.
Con: Working too many hours is part of the reason I started feeling burned out and stressed. I managed to sabotage a potential relationship and play havoc with my mental health.
Pro: I’ve developed a reputation for being reliable and coming through in the clutch.
Con: I start my new job soon and need time for that.
Pro: Sometimes during my free time, I feel at loose ends.
Con: I may decide to return to school in the not-too-distant future.
Con: I can’t work with this client every day anyway because of my other clients. Many seniors dislike change and like to have the same person or few people there all the time.
I’m procrastinating making a decision by writing this blog post, going to lunch with one of my best friends, and going to the gym.