The article below by Eric Devaney does an excellent job of explaining the history of the balanced work/life concept. We often set up unrealistic expectations based on a belief we should spend as much time on life as work causing folks to feel guilty. A balanced life doesn’t require equal time given to work and to lifestyle. Instead, I agree with this author’s expanded viewpoint to look at work as a part of your life as a whole and focus on creating an entire life you love.
Rather than striving for a work/life balance, find meaning and purpose in work, leading others, and in your lifestyle choices. I put a great deal of effort and time into my work of guiding and leading my coaching clients because it’s good for them and for me. My clients graciously allow me time off to refresh and inspire myself when I spend time with family or travel. I don’t think in terms of “work/life balance” but how I bring both into my life in a way I love and inspires my clients to do the same.
Instead of thinking of “work” and “life” as equals, make “life” your priority, and acknowledge that what you do for work is simply a part of that life.
Questions to consider:
- Do you view your life in segments or as a whole?
- How would your view of your life change if you looked at it as whole instead of narrowly focusing on balancing all the individual aspects?
- What one resource would help you change your perspective on your work and life?
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