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with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

Forcing myself to not work

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Last week on the Work It, Mom! blog, Nataly talked about those magical times when you love working.  We’re not just talking about loving your job, but rather those periods when all you want to do is work because it’s exciting, or there’s a lot to do and you just can’t wait to get to it!  In other words, those times when you’d maybe rather work than do anything else - including spend time with your family.

I find myself in the middle of one of those stages right now.  I have so many exciting things going on and new projects that need my attention.  Every time I shutdown my computer I am walking way in the middle of something; I have a handful of major ideas in development that can’t be completed within a work day.  I love this feeling of loving what I do, of rolling out of bed eager to get back to the grindstone.  What’s not to love about loving your job?  Well…

As Nataly pointed out, wanting to spend an inordinate amount of time with your job can make the work/life balance a little trickier.  In my case, I’ve had to force myself to say no to late nights and weekends of work in lieu of spending time with my husband and kids.  Does that mean I don’t want to hang out with my family?  Absolutely not!  I’m thrilled once I’m with them and I make it a priority because I love them, but I do have to stay hyper aware right now of my constant desire to work.

This weekend I wanted nothing more than to grab a cup of coffee and curl up to my laptop and long-term to-do list.  I even admitted to my husband that I really wanted to be working.  But, as I told him, I knew that getting out of the house together would be better for me in the long run.  I compared it to the way getting up early to workout makes you feel better than hitting snooze 10 times does… but boy is that snooze button tempting!

Bottom line: I spent the day with my family at EPCOT and had forgotten about my work obsession before we hit the turnstiles.  I was so glad that (for once) I had the foresight to practice balance before it was too late, even when my impulse was to lose myself in work.

Do you ever force yourself to step away from work or other projects in the name of balance?



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