This past week I didn’t get to do as much research as I intended to do for my thesis, but I can say that I began writing. With my thesis focusing on work-life balance, Dr. Zamora suggested that I keep a journal and write about my days. When writing, I am not thinking about my thesis but simply writing what my day consisted of while including timeframes. By doing this, I am able to see what is taking up the majority of my day, if I am balancing my tasks, and most importantly, what I did right and what went wrong, which ties into work-life balance. As you see, this blog post is being posted the day of class, suggesting that there was no balance this week. This leads me into the discussion that was held last week with the prompts. Specifically, the question “Tell me something that life is asking of you during this thesis process” stuck with me. I feel as if my thesis project is really asking me to focus on delegation, just as Dr. Zamora mentioned the thought of “time-devoted-to-thesis.” If I do not delegate tasks, I will find myself working nonstop. With a very hands-on job during the week, I believe it’ll be best to carve out time Friday nights or Saturday afternoons to devote to my thesis.
I touched upon it in my previous blog post, but I am certain that I would like to research the employee’s view and the employer’s view of work-life balance. Employers play a significant role in achieving a healthy balance for workers. It’s easy for one to say to create boundaries, but when one receives the notification of a task that needs to be completed with a short turnaround time, it makes it difficult. There are also just not enough hours in the day. Dr. Zamora brought up a good idea to research the difference between cultures. I had the time to briefly Google something, obviously, when I begin my paper, I must ensure the sites and articles I am using are credible, but the United States was not even in the top ten countries for work-life balance. I am looking forward to researching how work-life balance is measured in different countries and cultures and what we are doing wrong here.