Work Life WoW Balance
There is an organizational concept which is becoming quite common in workplaces these days – work life balance.
This has been on my mind a fair bit lately because while it is a noble concept, the reality is usually quite different.
Now when you add in something like WoW to the mix, the balance can be very difficult to achieve.
I remember doing an exercise once where you work out what is important to you, then work out where you are really spending your time, then work out where you will spend you time in future.
So let’s give it a go.
My basic physical Work Life WoW balance.
OK, so basic breakdown. I spend about 40/57/3 work/life/WoW. I would like it to be less work and more play, but I have to pay the bills and work is demanding at the moment. Remember that a lot of my life time is spent sleeping – a waste of my life time but unfortunately necessary.
My mental work life balance.
Ok, this seems a bit unbalanced.
I am probably spending too much time thinking about WoW at work. More focus on work might mean less time at work!
Definitely not enough time spent on life, once again WoW is cutting into my family life – wife, child, even bills not getting the time they deserve.
60% of my time thinking about WoW, yes even when sleeping!
My life priorities.
Number 1 & 2 are my Wife and Son. I am (want) going to give them 35% each, for a total of 70% time-slice of my life.
I will give 10% to my work…. Ohh this isn’t a reality, but ideally I would devote most of my life to my family (and other pleasurable pursuits).
That leaves me with 20% of my time… well that I want to devote to WoW.. about 3 hours per day.. unrealistic play time, but I guess mental + play time combined, that would be OK.
So what have I learnt?
I guess this is where this blog entry ties into last weeks Casuals, Players and Raiders BA topic.
You see, if you were to look at my play time (average 7 hours per week), you would undoubtedly say that I am a casual player.
However if you look at the mental energy that I put into WoW, you would generously call me hardcore, but more sensibly a mental obsessed player (who needs to get some help).
So what am I going to do about it?
I intend to rearrange my priorities, put my Wife and Son in number 1 position, followed by work. If I give these things the attention they deserve, then my physical WoW time will likely increase.
Meanwhile my WoW time is going to decrease.
A bit of this will be physical. I have already arranged with my wife that 1 in every 4 weeks I wont play on a Friday night (I am usually a mess on Saturday – which detracts from my family time).
The bigger changes will come through less mental energy on WoW, which includes this blog.
No I am not going to stop blogging, but I think I am going to relax the pace. A good post every 2-3 days will be better than frazzled posts every day (and better than no posts ever again).
Likewise, I think that my feedreader is going to get a pruning. This is going to be hard, there are so many quality blogs that I have been following. I don’t know how I am going to choose…
Gnomer and Out!