Work-Life Balance Defined - What it really means!
Despite the worldwide quest for Work-Life Balance, very few have found an
acceptable definition of the concept. Here's a proven definition that will
positively impact your everyday value and balance starting today. (Average
reading time 120 seconds).
Let's first define what work-life balance is not.
Work-Life Balance does not mean an equal balance. Trying to schedule an
equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities is
usually unrewarding and unrealistic. Life is and should be more fluid than
Your best individual work-life balance will vary over time, often on a
daily basis. The right balance for you today will probably be different for you
tomorrow. The right balance for you when you are single will be different when
you marry, or if you have children; when you start a new career versus when you
are nearing retirement.
There is no perfect, one-size fits all, balance you should be striving for.
The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have
different priorities and different lives.
However, at the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key
everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. They are daily Achievement
and Enjoyment, ideas almost deceptive in their simplicity.
Engraining a fuller meaning of these two concepts takes us most of the way to
defining a positive Work-Life Balance. Achievement and Enjoyment answer the big
question "Why?" Why do you want a better income
the kids through college
to do a good job today
to come to
work at all?
Most of us already have a good grasp on the meaning of Achievement. But let's
explore the concept of Enjoyment a little more. As part of a relevant Work-Life
Balance definition, enjoyment does not just mean "Ha-Ha"
happiness. It means Pride, Satisfaction, Happiness, Celebration, Love, A Sense
of Well Being
all the Joys of Living.
Achievement and Enjoyment are the front and back of the coin of value in life.
You can't have one without the other, no more than you can have a coin with
only one side. Trying to live a one sided life is why so many
"Successful" people are not happy, or not nearly as happy as they
You cannot get the full value from life without BOTH Achievement and Enjoyment.
Focusing on Achievement and Enjoyment every day in life helps you avoid
the "As Soon As Trap", the life dulling habit of planning on getting
around to the joys of life and accomplishment "as soon as
My caffeine source is diet cola. But I'm a somewhat fussy diet cola
drinker. I don't like cans or bottles, I like fountain. And there is
a big difference in fountain drinks. So I know all the best fountains within
a five-mile radius of my house and office. My favorite is a little convenience
store near my home called Fitzgerald's.
Let's say I'm wandering into Fitzgerald's at 6 in the morning, in my
pre-caffeinated state and the implausible happens. Some philosophical guy bumps
into me, and says
. "Heh mister
what's your purpose in
life?" Well even in that half-awake condition, I'd have an answer for him.
I'd say, "You know, I just want to achieve something today and I
want to enjoy something today. And if I do both of those things today,
I'm going to have a pretty good day. And if I do both of those things every day,
for the rest of my life
I'm going to have a pretty good life."
And I think that's true for all of us. Life will deliver the value and balance
when we are achieving and enjoying something every single
in all the important areas that make up our lives. As a result,
a good working definition of Work-Life Balance is:
Meaningful daily Achievement and Enjoyment in each of my four life
quadrants: Work, Family, Friends and Self.
Ask yourself now, when was the last time you Achieved AND Enjoyed something at
work? What about Achieved AND Enjoyed with your family; your friends? And how
recently have you Achieved AND Enjoyed something just for you?
Why not take 20 minutes on the way home from work and do something just for
yourself? And when you get home, before you walk in the door, think about
whether you want to focus on achieving or enjoying at home tonight. Then act
accordingly when you do walk in the door.
At work you can create your own best Work-Life Balance by making sure you not
only Achieve, but also reflect the joy of the job, and the joy of life, every
day. If nobody pats you on the back today, pat yourself on the back.
And help others to do the same.
When you do, when you are a person that not only gets things done, but also
enjoys the doing, it attracts people to you. They want you on their team and
they want to be on your team.
Simple concepts. And once you focus on them as key components of your day, they
are not that hard to implement. So, make it happen, for yourself, your family
and all the important individuals you care about
every day for the
rest of your life
Achieve and Enjoy.
Jim Bird, Publisher
In the next newsletter we will address the "how-to" side of this
(To view the Four Life Quadrants click here: The Big Picture)
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Quotes from Seneca
"When shall we live if not now?"
"He who is everywhere, is nowhere."
"That part of life that we really live is short."
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
"As a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what
"That is our chief bane, that we live not according to the light of reason,
but after the fashion of others."
"Life, if thou knowest how to use it, is long enough."
Seneca was a Roman philosopher and dramatist who lived from approximately 5 B.C.
to 65 A.D.
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