I'm finishing maternity leave soon, so it's back to work for me. Social media in all its wisdom (but, seriously, is facebook spying on me???) has just thrown at me three posts in row about women in work.
The first was a clip about what they called the #WorkLifeDeficit. Apparently, it takes 28 hours for women to achieve what society expects of them EACH DAY! 28 hours. Imma let that sink in for a bit... The next post talked about equality in the workplace. A measly 5% of Australia's top 200 companies have female CEOs. (Side note: I've heard people refer to women as a minority group. We make up more than half of the population. We ARE the f*cking majority. And yet we're grossly underrepresented in positions of power.) But is it really any wonder that women struggle to attain these positions, when we're apparently expected to fit 28 hours into each and every day?
And the final of these posts was titled "mothers' stress is causing mental health issues for their children". In order to preserve at least some of my children's mental health, I didn't click on that article.
Like every other mother I know, I've got A LOT going on. Two kids, paid work, promoting my debut novel, editing and planning the release of my second novel, about a million unfinished projects around the house... I'm lucky enough to absolutely love (most of the time) all of the different facets of my life. But that doesn't change the fact that everything is tearing me in different directions and it's bloody hard.
I would love to have an extra four hours in every day. I would dedicate it to sleep. Because, for me, sleep is what loses out in the battle to have it all... Sleep and my sanity. (I constantly live my life one coffee shortage away from throwing myself on the floor and giving up.) What do you sacrifice in your attempts to 'have it all'? And what would you do with an extra four hours?
I've just started reading @miafreedman's #workstrifebalance. Her take on work-life-balance is that balance is bullshit. Pretty accurate, from my experience. This book is funny and insightful. I would definitely recommend it (though #miafreedman is stealing my much needed sleep because of it).