It is break time at work. I sit at my desk with a cup of coffee in my hand and enjoy the pleasant morning. The past few weeks were so hectic and stressful. I was badly tensed up, working 11 hours a day and through the weekends, rushing to meet a project deadline. Fortunately, it all ended a couple of days ago and left me with a gap of a few days to breathe before another task is given.I take a magazine out of my drawer and flip through the pages. I come across an article talking about ways to improve work-life balance. One of the sentences in the introduction reads, "All of a sudden what used to be your two-year-old child is asking permission to apply for a driver's license or packing a bag to go study abroad and you are left wondering where all the intervening years have disappeared?" As I read further, my mind starts to wander. Looking back through the many years of my working life in this company, there were good times when work load were not that much and there were times when I had to spend almost 15 hours a day at work chasing deadlines. The worst experience was a day when I had to stay at work for 28 hours. During the good times, I would work for about 8 to 9 hours. These were the times when I would try my best to prioritize things and improve the balance between work and life, that is health, family, leisure, hobbies and spiritual development. However, I always missed out on hobbies as I would gave them the least priority. Since the kids grew up and started schooling, more and more things needed to be done. Life would go on nice and smooth until the bad times arrived along with the storm of haste, rush, stress and tension. The good work-life balance would quickly diminished. I would be left with so little time to spend for myself and family. Sometimes I would try to steal some time by sleeping late but unfortunately, tiredness would quickly drove me to bed early. When the busy days were over, it would be so hard for me to get back to the healthy routine. The exhausted mind and body would prefer to spend more time resting in front of the television with a cup of ice-cream and wouldn't mind watching the lousiest movie. It would take some time before I could get back on my feet and start all over again. Building a good work-life balance is not a simple task especially for those who don't work fix hours. I think that the best work-balance can only be achieved if we get to do what we love as a job. Time is never enough to do all we want. Before I could finish reading the work-life balance article, the phone rings. I lazily walk to the telephone. It could be a call for a meeting to discuss about the next coming project, hopefully not another deadly deadline.