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Work life balance

Work life balance … since a few years this expression is throughout the globe BUT who is really living the work-life-balance? I do.

To be honest I came to this by coincidence. I was always interested in sports since I started playing handball when I was 10. After almost ten years I decided to register in a fitness club. Only a few weeks later I have been asked if I would be interested to work as an aerobics instructor… and here my story began. I started with an aerobics basic weekend and an aerobic B-license and of course regular classes in the evenings besides my normal work – or shall I say in addition? A few years later I upgraded to Aerobics A-license and at least I participated in the “Master Trainer” education. Being already an instructor for 4 years I also had the opportunity to pass my knowledge to interested students: I had become an training supervisor for indoor cycling. This also included international presenting in many countries around the world.

impressions from Munich 2001:

So this was actually an assignment for about 8-10 hours the week, supervisions at the weekends AND the 80% assignment of my main job. You may ask yourself “why is this work-live-balance”? Well, it was at that time.

After I founded a family I calmed down a bit. I regularly did two mandatory cardio classes the week and sometimes I stood-in for an instructor-colleague. Supervision I gave up. And that is where I am know. I am still teaching and now for more than 20 years, twice a week, I still love it and it is my work life balance because I am able to do it after my main business has finished. Also to mention that in all those years I raised my scope of different training varieties from general work out classes, through high intensive cardio classes to slower exercises like Pilates, stretching & relaxing and meditation.

What are you doing for work-life-balance? Sports? Yoga? Meditation?

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  • Feb 07, 2019 at 02:36 PM

    That's really great!! I wonder how you have managed/managing to do all that stuff, for me 1 hour in gym will be like forever :D

    I hope gaming will be considered as a part of work-life-balance :D I play PS4 online games a lot with my friends.. sometimes the mobile games (The infamous PUBG :D ).. Online games are the best with friends :D.. Like you I used to play games from very young(don't remember, probably less than 10 years)

    Apart from that I go to fitness center(atleast try my best to go 3 times a week). I used to play badminton a lot but unlucky me, recently changed my job now I am not finding any courts nearby to play :( I even bought a new racket before moving to this new place :D ..

    Ofcourse this all will be done when I don't have high priority project deliverables :D :D

    • Feb 11, 2019 at 08:01 AM

      I think important is that you like what you do no matter if is online sports or being at the gym. And you never should compare yourself with others. Everyone is an individuum and what's good for me needn't be good for others, too ;-)

  • Feb 07, 2019 at 03:23 PM

    You are awesome!

    For me it's tennis and drawing. I wish I had more time for both:)

    • Feb 11, 2019 at 03:11 PM

      Thank you, Caroleigh.

      Tennis is very nice but drawing sounds extremely impressive to me :-)

  • Feb 07, 2019 at 03:51 PM

    Well, my first thoughts are:

    1. Do you consider writing this blog part of your "work" or your "life"?
    2. And which side do I consider myself on while I'm reading this?

    That being said, I'm certainly impressed by your passion and endurance!

    • Feb 07, 2019 at 05:05 PM

      OK, those are really good questions, Volker. Hmmm, what are your answers for yourself? Pondering how I would answer those...

      • Feb 08, 2019 at 05:16 PM

        Well, that kind of "meta-thinking" probably is due to me being "unbalanced" (aka too biased towards work) currently. At least that's the feeling...

        But the Coffee Corner itself is usually a place for me to get into balance again. So let me say a big thanks to all contributors!

        And personally, I consider family life, making music and long walks (my) necessary elements to stay somewhat balanced.

    • Feb 11, 2019 at 08:07 AM

      To be honest: it just flowed out of my hands... but work and sports were always a huge part of my life so I can't really distinguish. And what I also said earlier - the most important thing is that you like what you do - no matter what it is. So this post was more to inspire people to think about their work-life-balance ;-)

  • Feb 07, 2019 at 07:34 PM

    * respect * Svea!

    I think we should all make an effort to dedicate a considerable part of our work-days to getting back on our (individual) fitness journeys. Thanks to openSAP's 'offline' feature, we can now hope to get some cardio sessions in while viewing (and listening to) courses in the gym!

    • Feb 11, 2019 at 08:09 AM

      Exactly! I recently listened to a recording of a team meeting while I was doing my morning run. :-)

      So Anusha, keep on going!

  • Feb 08, 2019 at 08:50 PM

    Well, I know I should do at least some sport but that's currently not going to happen due to spending most of my spare time helping with various efforts to tackle human-caused climate change. As it's something completely different to working with SAP-systems it is some kind of a balance to that, but certainly not the relaxing kind most of the time! Sometimes, it goes as far as taking vacation from my actual job to join a scientific conference for a couple of days and possibly even giving a short talk while there. The really neat thing about this is, that it lets me meet and interact with people I'd otherwise not have much of a chance to run into. And if I'm lucky, I then also manage to meet some people face to face I've been interacting virtually with via the WWW for some years - which is always really nice. But, I don't want to derail this thread, so if there's any interest to know more about my climate-activities, I'd be more than happy to start a separate thread for it - I'm after all much in favor of talking about climate science instead of maintaining climate silence (meaning that we just don't talk enough with each other about this very important topic).



    • Feb 11, 2019 at 08:12 AM

      Awesome, Bärbel. This sounds very interesting. It is worth to consider writing a coffee corner blog about it, isn't it? :-)

      Cheers, Svea

      • Feb 11, 2019 at 08:57 AM

        She certainly has done that (otherwise I would not have been aware of that, and I remember I was really impressed...). Unfortunately, I'm not able to find it here (aargh!).

        Well, Bärbel surely will share the link:)

    • Feb 11, 2019 at 09:21 AM

      Hi Bärbel,

      I would very much like to read more about your engagement countering the climate-crisis, so do feel encouraged to start a separate thread!

      (And - like Volker - I think I already read a little bit about it - I think it was in your MoM-Feature...)

      I'd be especially interested in your (and others) views on the current #FridaysForFuture-Movement. (Is that a European-only thing so far, or has it gotten world-wide traction?)



    • Feb 11, 2019 at 07:25 PM

      Thanks! And as I don't need a lot of encouragement to "talk climate", I created a new thread before I "had to" join a weekly climate-related conference call: "Let's talk climate science to break climate silence".

  • Feb 11, 2019 at 01:55 PM

    Impressive. You are an excellent example to learn from.

    I used to ride horses, now I go visit them in my backyard. I read. I read blogs. That relaxes me. Sometimes I write blogs. And yes, they do kind of just flow.

    Lately it's been a little bit switched to the work side. We just came up on HANA on premise. So my spare time has been learning. But that can be considered relaxing too!

    • Feb 11, 2019 at 03:14 PM

      Thank you, Michelle.

      I think reading is very relaxing, too, and you sometimes can really disappear in a totally different world. :-)

      The risk with "learning" I see, is the double and learning. But of course it really depends on your habits.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Feb 11, 2019 at 07:33 PM

    Sheesh, I'm getting tired just looking at those pics...and this after I started a Coffee Corner conversation where I declared that getting in shape is one of my New Year's resolutions.

    On the plus side, it's nice seeing so many Member of the Month recipients in the comments...and even some links to interviews. Work/life balance is so much easier when you like your job, and Member of the Month is one of my favorite things to do, period. :)

  • Mar 27, 2020 at 09:40 AM

    For me, some sports (Gym, Running) and education (mainly through Podcasts on history, philosophy, true crime ...) offer me the necessary Work-Life balance. And as my kids start to take up hobbies and group activities that also becomes part of my life outside work.

    Recently, I joined a local Beer-Tasting Club. And before raising any eyebrows : it's about Quality, not Quantity, haha! We tend to get together on a (bi-)monthly basis to have some theme-based Tasting sessions.

    • Mar 30, 2020 at 01:58 PM

      Hi Nic Teunckens Thanks for your comment.

      I guess "work-life-balance" is getting more difficult these days as of the COVID-19 situation. Most of us stay home and work from home and not to forget, that children are at home as well. Often there is not really time for following our own needs and of course no chance at the moment to join group activities. But it's even more important these days to find some time on your own, maybe go running or just walking in the nature, or do some sports activities online. The amount of offers increase every day at the moment. I also highly recommend to do some meditation activities, and this can also be walking instead of sitting in silence (

      Keep healthy, calm and "relaxed", everyone!

      Best, Svea

      • Mar 30, 2020 at 06:47 PM

        Yes, fully agree.

        However confined your personal space is these days, try to find a place of your own, if only for a half hour. It can be while outside running, or just being alone in a room indoors (perhaps when the kids are asleep).
        You could do something you enjoy like reading or crafts and ignore all other things (chores or (social) media, to name a few).
        And as you suggested, people could even try some meditation. There are some good Apps that can help with that, such as HeadSpace.

        As for me, I'll try to get in a Run whenever possible (close by my residence and solo) and I can still enjoy some funny and interesting Podcasts (mostly non-Work related topics). I'm doing OK, I hope everybody else can develop their own set of (indoor) stress-relieving habits.

  • Mar 30, 2020 at 07:35 PM

    Unfortunately sports of any sort are not something I can do due to arthritis in many joints and some other physical issues. My "me" time is usually taken up by a variety of crafts. I've been weaving some napkins for my mother on my big loom, knitting a shawl and a vest, creating beaded ornaments. If I'm watching tv, I have to have something to do with my hands - if I don't I end up eating/snacking. (Considering I've lost @30 pounds since last some and I still have @50 to go, that's a big deal.)

    In that same vein, I have a couple of things in my home office that I work on during meetings - a scarf I'm knitting and a drop-spindle that I'm using to spin wool into yarn. As long as I'm not running or presenting the meeting, I find I can focus better if I have something to do with my hands. This picture is what I'm currently spinning.

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    • Mar 31, 2020 at 06:23 AM

      As I am doing no crafts at all, so I am quite impressed! Thanks for sharing Dell Stinnett-Christy The yarn looks beautiful!

      I assume there will be a lot of weaved, knitted and spun stuff after this period of time. Keep on going!

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