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Monday, October 27, 2008

Time for Fun

Today The Juggle tackles the tricky topic of finding time for rejuvenation, downtime or non-material goals. It was interesting to read some of the comments ranging from, "I don't think there is time or energy for charity or hobbies" to "just writing this makes me realize how much more complete I am now that I am not all about my career. I simply have a job (and a life!) now." Lots of people commented on wanting to exercise more as well.

The Juggle discussion does a decent job at highlighting some interesting ideas worthy of recreation time. However, it doesn't touch on the role of your partner in this endeavor. If time for self is going to be equally shared between a couple a few ground rules are encouraged.
  1. What's the value? - Decide together what you will both be willing to work for.
  2. What do you want to do? - Create a short list of the activities you would most like to pursue.
  3. How can I help? - Instead of demanding more time for fun, suggest ways you could free up time for your partner to enjoy his/her life.
  4. Lose the guilt! - Your kids will love to see you happy and rejuvenated.

I'm confident that two willing partners are more likely to have success creating a balanced life together than either one is capable of creating alone.


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