Through my writing on work-life balance, I’ve come to ponder something about this sought-after concept. Balancing your work life and your personal life sounds amazing.
You have all the time you need to work. To play. To spend time with your family.
But is this truly possible? Can we balance everything we want with everything we must do? And, if we can’t, is there something more than work-life balance?
I think I’ve come to a new conclusion. Work-life balance isn’t about having a perfect life. Instead, it’s more about doing the things you need to do.
This leads to something else. This leads to happiness.
Could Work-Life Balance Be Happiness?
Yes, you have to find a semblance of balance in your life. You can’t be all work and no play. You also can’t be all play and no work. Read more...
You’ve been there. You’re getting ready to head into the office when your baby boy begins to scream his pretty little head off.
Ugh! You’ve had it. He knows how to pull your strings and get you to react. And you do.
Photo by Ben White
You turn around and walk back through the door. You pick little Billy up. All while telling him it’s going to be okay.
While you’re angry you had to go back into the house, you also realize something. You’re a father. You’re holding a beautiful baby in your hands. That baby, he’s yours!
Your level of thankfulness for your screaming boy may not be at its height when you have to deal with tantrums and outbursts. Yet when things calm down, your gratitude, your thankfulness begin to return. You realize just how lucky you are to have him in your life. Read more...
There’s scant few who don’t know the story of Robin Hood. Robin Hood steals from the rich to give to the poor. Now, moviegoers have another telling of the Robin Hood story.
Set in the distant past, Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton of Kingsman) is drafted into a war that seems eerily reminiscent of the war in Iraq. Proclaimed to be dead by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn), Robin returns to find Loxley decimated. The Sheriff is taxing citizens to the breaking point. And there’s no one standing up to the evil man.
There was quite a bit to like in the new Robin Hood movie. The action spurred the movie on. You never felt a dull moment. The characters were decently developed and I felt for Robin as he returned from battle (and death) to discover the love of his life, Marian (Eve Hewson) had moved on and started a relationship with Will Scarlet (Jamie Dornan). Read more...
Your work-life balance often gets out of whack because of the choices you make throughout your day. You choose to stay late at the office impacts the time you have to spend with your family. Choosing to go out fishing with your boys changes the amount of time you can commit to volunteering at your local church.
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Each and every decision you make reduces the amount of time you have to commit in another area of your life. This is why you have to choose what matters in your life.
Making A Choice
Your day is packed with activities. From running the corporate, or church, office to planning your child’s birthday party, to finding time with your spouse. Everything is calling for your attention.
But you can’t choose everything. If you did, you’d choose nothing. Read more...
Discovering what will make your life balanced is easy. You have to take the time to figure out what is important to you and then you have to begin implementing changes to make this a reality.
This won’t happen unless you begin to change your daily habits. Habits that have been ingrained in you for months, years, maybe even decades. These habits are a part of who you are.
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They’re what you do, day in and day out. They’ve been with you for a long time. Getting rid of them isn’t easy.
But you can get rid of the bad habits, the bad behaviors, and create a more balanced life.
Creating Behaviors That Will Give You Balance
What behaviors would make for a more balanced life? I’m glad you asked. We’re going to look at the behaviors you can adopt to bring balance into your life. Read more...