We have become all too familiar with the catchphrase “work-life balance”. Work–life balance is a concept including proper balancing between work (career and ambition) and lifestyle (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). It simply means equating your work and personal activities in such a way attain a higher level of Achievement & Enjoyment every day, both on and off your professional life.
This whole idea of work-life balance is starting to unravel before our very eyes. You cannot choose between being a great father or mother and being a career woman/man. Some of us cling to it tightly hoping we can continue to ignore emails and text messages between 6pm to 8am, but you know, you can’t. Work and life aren’t apart anymore. And the reality that we face off is that work and life are intertwined. It’s all about Hierarchy of Needs, plain and simple.
Work usually takes priority over the rest, because work is what we spend the majority of our day doing. It financially supports our dreams and it’s a core part of our identities. At work you can create your own best Work-Life Balance by making sure you not only Achieve, but also reflect the joy of the job, and the joy of life, every day. If nobody pats you on the back today, pat yourself on the back. And help others to do the same. There is a saying – you get into a job you are passionate about, you will never have to work a single day.
You really can’t have success in one area of your life without having success in the others. Searching for the mythical “balance” leads to frustration, guilt, and disappointment—causing career women to step back or step out of their company. Moreover, the growing technology revolution in our career driven lives, now have potential to take over personal lives. But this has threatened or relationships and overall happiness. Almost every day, we unknowingly handover precious power to alerts and notifications. These distractions run together and we have a hard time knowing what to focus.
Work-life balance isn’t about separation anymore- it’s about consolidation. It’s all about trying to balance all the things you get happiness from. I personally find that if you don’t spend time with your family, you are not a happy person. I don’t think that makes you a bad employee or person. outside of work can make you better at you job too, whether that’s exercising and eating right, socializing, or reading books, even when not in your field. It’s all about priorities.
You don’t get a work life and a home life. You get one life. You should schedule yourself to fit in this one life.
– Tanvi Shah