The time trap: Stop thinking about Time in minutes
Updated: Oct 15, 2020
Once I complained to a friend that, with two kids, time is scarce. The friend's response was "Oh, you do have time, believe me!" That friend has five children.
It dawned on me that time is a matter of perspective.
24 hours, 7 days and 52 weeks - is what you had before having kids and what you will ever have. You cannot create an eighth day a week that will solve your work-life balance conundrum. But you can choose what you spend your time on and how that time feels.
The same amount of working hours in an environment where you feel inspired and valued will feel uplifting while a mundane job will feel exhausting. Ten minutes of a heartfelt play with your child will become the highlight of the day while an hour of educational activity you carefully planned, but she was not interested in, will be draining for both of you.
On mat leave, in a search for work-life balance, on holidays with kids, or while enjoying me-time, what matters is not how much time you spend doing something, but what emotions and life memories it creates.
Dare to live a life of no regrets.
P.S. Funnily enough, money is also a relative concept. What matters is not how much you have, but what that money can buy.
Are you a lawyer mum tired of the time conundrum?