There truly is such a thing as achieving work life balance. Take it from me; a recovering workaholic who wore 60-hour weeks like a badge of honor. Sheesh.
First let’s get clear on the primary purpose of achieving work life balance. It’s about minimizing stress in your life. Much of the stress in a typical person’s life is derived from work. You can say you’ve got work life balance, but in addition to working full-time, you might participate in many activities with the kids, volunteer at the local homeless shelter, and exercise five days a week.
There are a few basic tenets that I have learned (the hard way, of course) regarding achieving work life balance:
- Work life balance doesn’t mean you never have to burn the midnight oil to get a project done. There will be times you will need to work hard to meet a deadline. What work life balance does mean, though, is that burning the midnight oil will only be an exception, not a regular event.
- Achieving work life balance doesn’t give you a get-out-of-jail-free card to not work hard or only work a few hours a week. We were meant to work and to provide for ourselves. It just means that work is done in moderation and not to an extreme.
- Realizing the quest for work life balance means doing some serious soul searching. If you acknowledge you are a workaholic and don’t want to change, then anything I or anyone else will say to you won’t be worth much. Acknowledging you are a workaholic is the first and most important step to getting on the road to work life balance.
This topic is very near and dear to me; so much so that I wrote a self-study seminar on it with a self-assessment plan to help you see where your weak points are and devise an improvement plan to help you get better balance. It’s also free, no-strings-attached. If you are interested in getting better work life balance get the self-study work life balance seminar now with my compliments and best wishes.