“Work-Life Balance” … it’s a very familiar phrase, often talked about, frequently identified as something to “sort out.” But what does it actually mean?
This week we’ll be exploring work-life balance from lots of different angles – clarifying what it means for you, introducing ways that you can create and maintain a better balance for yourself, and exploring perspectives that increase the choices open to you.
So what is it that draws you to work-life balance?
It often becomes a hot topic when work feels like it’s taking over, occupying more time and/or energy than you’d like. You may also be seeking more flexibility in your working hours to accomodate time with your children, space for professional development or to focus on your health. You may be seeking promotion, considering going self-employed, or wanting to discover how you can earn your living doing something that you love.
Work-life balance will change if you are starting a family, extending your family or entering retirement. You may seek to adjust the balance if you want to take up a new hobby, meet the partner of your dreams, care for a loved one or are handling an illness. You may want to be able to give more to your community, friends or family. Or you may just have some general internal feeling that “something’s off kilter.”
Work-life balance succeeds when you cover the elements that are relevant for you in a way that feels good to you. There is no standard answer, no “bish-bash-bosh” pre-determined balance formula. But there are tools, techniques and questions that make it easier for you to find out what will work for you and your balance. That’s what the More to… Work-life balance week is about.
My hope is that these blogs provide you with some clarity about your current balance, how you can create or re-establish a balance that works for you, and how you can maintain that balance. Sound good? First step coming right up.
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