Many of us wonder how to achieve work-life balance. Should we allot the same amount of time for work and play? Should we move closer to our place of work? Should we actually consider planting roots and buying property for sale in Manila?
The answer largely rests on what you need. But to make it work, you need to involve all aspects of your life.
In her article for business magazine Inc., Amanda Abella—author of Make Money Your Honey—points out: “No matter how hard we try, we can’t put different parts of our lives into these neatly packaged little compartments. Not to mention this is totally unrealistic.”
Abella goes on to explain that the idea of work-life balance is fluid. This means that there are no strict rules on what it should be. After all, there are so many variables to consider. What may work for one person won’t necessarily work for another.
Here are professionals from different industries on their definition of work-life balance, and what they did to attain it.
1. Work hard on weekdays, chill on weekends and holidays.
Karl, 34, a freelance online gaming consultant is single and lives in Cagayan de Oro City. Due to his circumstances and location, his work-life balance equation isn’t so complicated. “I’m in front of my computer for almost 12 hours or even more each day from Monday to Friday. My work relies on stable power supply and Internet connection. [But] there have been issues with the power supply in our region, so I’m seriously considering relocating to Metro Manila. My sister and I are thinking of buying condo units in the same building,” he reveals.
Karl adds, “Since my definition of work-life balance consists of working straight on weekdays and relaxing on weekends, I would really want to be in a location where my work isn’t disrupted, and I don’t have to make up for the work I couldn’t do on weekdays during weekends or holidays. When I’m off, I’m off. That’s why I need a place with dependable power supply and Internet connection.”
Karl enumerates his relocation must-haves. He says, “It should be in a centrally located area. I want shops to be within walking distance because I don’t want to buy a car or commute much. So I think I’d want to live in Makati. That way, when I want to relax on weekends, I can just walk to the Glorietta or Greenbelt.”
Within Metro Manila, an ideal choice would be buying a Makati condo for sale such as Alveo’s Callisto at Circuit Makati.
2. It’s all about location, location, location.
Donna, a 37-year-old BPO executive with two kids under seven, has taken a geographical approach in order to attain work-life balance. She currently lives in Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque City.
“If you’re from the South, you’re used to traffic and tollways,” she says. “The one thing I learned is while you can work around practically anything, you can’t predict how Metro Manila traffic will be. There are good days when you can go home in an hour or less from Makati to Parañaque. Then, there are bad days when you get stuck on the Skyway for almost an hour.”
Donna and her husband, who is also a BPO executive, are now making plans to relocate to Laguna, where there are many properties for sale. “This house in Parañaque belongs to my husband’s parents, who have long relocated to the US with my brother-in-law,” Donna explains. “We were able to save a lot when we lived rent-free for 15 years. So now we have the option of buying a place somewhere greener.”
Since Donna’s extended family is based in Calamba, Laguna, it makes sense for them to relocate there. “My husband and I are going to look for jobs in BPO’s based in Laguna. Once we have that done, we plan to buy a place in NUVALI,” she says. “That would ease our commuting woes. There’s traffic in Laguna, too, but it’s not as bad as what we’ve experienced in Parañaque.”
Alveo Land’s Aveia project in Binan would be a good choice. This development, with many lots for sale in Laguna available, is just within the right distance from everything a growing family needs. Run by one of the top real estate developers in the Philippines, Aveia is understandably among the in-demand properties for sale in the Philippines.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Vida, a 31-year-old lawyer who is a single mom of a 10-year-old girl, has been living in her family home in Paco, Manila since she was born. Her idea of work-life balance involves multitasking. “It’s all about time management for me. When you manage your time well, everything follows. I allot a number of hours for my work, my family, and myself. I wouldn’t say it’s an equal number of hours. Work gets 80 percent of my waking hours on weekdays,” she states. “But then there are problems when there are unforeseen emergencies. In my case, it involves our house.”
Since it’s just Vida, her mother and her daughter living in their 50-year-old house, Vida has to take care of the maintenance herself. She took a crash course in doing repair and maintenance work. “I now know how to change a faucet. However, the issues with the house seem to be never-ending,” she relates.
“That’s why I realized it would make more sense if we moved to a well-managed condo,” Vida says. “There are less headaches when you live in condos. Since I’m at that point in my career when I’m being given more responsibilities, it would help if I didn’t have to be anxious over these house-related emergencies.” Her mom also has her own priorities. “My mom wants to move to a condo that’s near a park so that she and my daughter can get a small dog that they could take there every day. So, that’s also a consideration for which condo we pick,” Vida discloses.
At the end of the day, living in a place that suits all your needs can contribute to a sound work-life balance. Pick a place where everything is within reach, where your place of work is close by, and where there’s greenery to enjoy within walking distance. With the proliferation of property for sale in the Philippines, there’s no shortage of options to suit your needs. Choose from a wide range of Philippine properties from Alveo Land, one of the top real estate developers in the Philippines.
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