When I began my journey I asked this question: How do you deal with your work-life balance? For many, It's a mid-life crises. Family vs Profession - Health vs Wealth. Is father time a commodity? Can you trade time and will this time always come back to you?
I believe my journey thus far has lead me to some answers to my question and despite the worldwide quest for Work-Life Balance, I have found an acceptable definition of the concept. Here's is my proven definition that has positively impacted my everyday value and balance.
To me, Work-Life Balance does not mean an equal balance in time spend on activities. Trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities is usually unrewarding and unrealistic. Life is and should be more fluid than that. I know now that my best individual work-life balance varied over time , often on a daily basis. The right balance for you today will probably be different for you tomorrow. The right balance for me as a single parent will be different from that of a married couple with children for example; and when you start a new career versus when you are nearing retirement.
There is no perfect, one-size fits all, balance that one should be striving for. The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have different priorities and different lives. However, at the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. They are daily Achievement and Enjoyment which are ideas that are almost deceptive in their simplicity. Engraining a fuller meaning of these two concepts takes us most of the way to defining a positive Work-Life Balance. Achievement and Enjoyment answer the big question "Why?" Why do I want a better income…a new house…a child through university…to do a good job today…to come to work?
Most of us already have a good grasp on the meaning of Achievement. But let's explore the concept of Enjoyment a little more. As part of a relevant Work-Life Balance definition, enjoyment does not just mean "Ha-Ha" happiness. It means Pride, Satisfaction, Happiness, Celebration, Love, A Sense of Well Being …all the Joys of Living. When trying to balance, One cannot get the full value from life without BOTH Achievement and Enjoyment....
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