After a period of being in the workforce, you begin to hear about this idea of work-life balance. On paper, it’s a smart idea – you’re keeping your work separate from your personal time. And while that was something I strove for, I realized after a while how wrong the discovery was. That humble quest to strike a balance between work and life ended with me being in a bad place. Beyond personal experiences, I think exploring this idea is still outdated and there are much better things to look forward to. Here’s what I suggest.
Work-Life Balance Makes You Sacrifice Too Much
First, why is it such a bad idea to strive for work-life balance? Well this is a bad idea as most people think that’s what a balanced work and life should be like. When you think of striking a balance between the two, you will automatically think that both sides have to be good. You want a positive life as much as you want work to be positive too. On top of that, you want your personal and work life to be separate.
From my experiences it is impossible to strive for this kind of thinking. I’ve seen lots of results from people at varying levels of happiness in their work lives after taking our Full Life Assessment on Lifehack, and some predictable results after taking our courses at Lifehack Academy.
If people are really happy with their work, then other parts of their lives are getting worse like health, and relationships. If people are happy with life, the problem is that money and career satisfaction are low. These sacrifices are too many and it is not practical for people to stay in them for long.
Optional: Work Life Harmony
There is no point in this cycle of giving up something to get something done. From my own personal experiences, this is a path that doesn’t bode well for you in the long run. Once I realized this, I started working on alternatives and alternatives to what people could do.
Because not all jobs and lives are satisfying and the things we constantly want to do, I realized that our balance revolved around the harmony of both aspects. in my book The Complete Life Framework (Essential Guide)In this article, I talk about the importance of taking the good and the bad into different parts and balancing them.
Below are some recommendations that I have listed in my book on how to achieve harmony in work life:
1. Rethink Time Management
The first is to change your thinking about time management. We all have limited time here and hence people are constantly asking us to make the most of it. But how do you really make the most of it? Should you try to eat as much of your day as you can because there are many great things you can do? Or should you try to do less work and actually make them great?
When you first think about it it is a question of quantity versus quality. But what if I told you to focus on that instead of wrestling Priority. Spend all your time on tasks that will create more valuable moments later in life.
This idea is nothing new. It’s been around. But a lot of people haven’t thought that much about it. I bet you’re thinking of this for the first time. So I would encourage you to check it out. Find tasks that will give you more results.
“Balance is not better time management, but better border management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.” – Betsy Jacobson
Another thing people tell us is to follow your passion. This is not the greatest piece of advice because we all have many passions and interests. And we can continue to foster new passions and interests as time goes on. Instead of blindly following passion, I would encourage you to consider them all. But first, look at what you are currently doing in life. Are you really passionate about what you are doing in life right now? Is it possible for you to find deeper meaning in what you are going through in your life? Ask yourself these questions before thinking about what other areas you can explore. Consider everything that brings you joy and excitement and happiness. Are there particular industries in which you would love to be good?
3. Don’t Be Afraid of Limitations
Creating work-life harmony is also about knowing yourself. This includes past constraints as well as the limits you have placed on yourself. If you have an understanding of these things, you can be more resilient to them in the future. If you have never experienced conflicts or problems, you are not made to adapt or mature in any way. In theory, you would have encountered obstacles by this point because they are such an essential part of our lives. From there it is just a matter of crossing these boundaries. It is about reconfiguring our thinking to see limitations as opportunities to grow and overcoming them can help us reach our goals. The more you reinforce that idea, the more resilient you will develop a resilient attitude when faced with inevitable setbacks and problems.
4. Delegate When Necessary
The final aspect of creating work-life harmony is delegating tasks when necessary. If you want to increase productivity and reduce the time or effort spent on something, delegation is an easy way out.
Whether it’s at work or at home, if you’re losing a lot of time on something that can be delegated, you’re wasting precious time. Again, the goal is to have a harmonious work and living situation and to find meaning in everything we are doing.
Even though an overall goal may be worthwhile, it doesn’t mean that there are milestones you’re automatically setting. We all have strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. If one part of something bothers you or takes a lot of time, find someone who enjoys doing that part.
True work-life balance should not be about sacrificing one thing for another. It should be about working through the bad and enjoying the good. Achieving some level of harmony with your life and work is more rewarding and satisfying in the end. And by going through those steps, you will find it easy to achieve.