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...
While you can’t completely balance your work and outside life, you can do many things to make them more balanced. You can find more time to spend with your wife and children. You can find ways to go to the concerts and movies you so enjoyed going to before the weight of leadership took over. And you can find more margin in your life to do more work.
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The choices you’ll have to make will tip the teeter-totter of balance one way or the other. Yet you can figure out the balance that works for your life.
By using the work-life balance tips below, you’ll discover the extra margin for family, friends, and even business!
The Best Work-Life Balance Tips
1. Choose your priorities:
Do you know what truly matters in your life? If you don’t know what matters to you, you can’t create balance in those areas. Read more...
Everyone wants more time to spend with their wife, their children, or their friends. Work seems to get in the way of this quite often. Even more so, work tends to consume other parts of our lives.
Many people have their work-life balance out of whack. It’s one of the easiest things to do. Whether this is due to issues at home (an angry wife) or challenges at work, we tend to mess up one or the other.
The Tightrope Walk Of Work-Life Balance
For years, the work-life balance looked like:
- Office hours of 9-5
- No outside communication after office hours
- Paid vacation with little to no interruptions
Things have changed. The advent of the cell phone has made separating your home life from your work life incredibly difficult. Read more...
When you think of balancing your life, what do you think of? You probably think of balancing work and family.
These two areas are the first things people think of when they think of balancing life. And for good reason. Family and work are the two most important areas in most leaders lives.
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But balancing your life goes beyond balancing your work and your family. There are many areas leaders forget to balance.
The Areas A Leader Must Balance
This one is a given. Work often takes up 40 hours or more of our lives. This means a quarter of our life is spent working in the office or building our brands.
Last year was a year out of balance. I forgot how to find balance in work, life, and play. Things were out of whack and I felt the consequences of being out of balance.
My blog writing suffered. My health suffered. And my relationships suffered. All because I wasn’t balancing life in the right way.
I’ve begun a shift in my life where I’m finding more balance. I’m getting the important aspects of my life taken care of along with the business side.
You can too, my friend. This article will help you find balance in work, life, and play.
5 Ways To Find Balance In Work, Life, And Play
1. Create a list of what is important to you:
We often lose our balance in life because we have never listed out what is truly important in life. By creating a list of what is important to you (you can get a FREE downloadable template at the end of this article), you begin to mentally take note of what activities, people, and tasks should take priority in your life. Read more...