Posts tagged ‘careers’

February 21, 2013

Work-Life Balance– Dream or Reality?

by mandy lipka

There’s a quote in my email signature that I purposely keep there so I can read it daily. It’s both a mindful reminder for my work ethic and a sign to others about how I do my work. It’s from Cecil Beaton (Maybe you have seen it on Pinterest lately) and it reads:

Reading this every day keeps my focus on balance in my work and for my soul. But when it comes to the daily grind, in my experience, for example– planning and writing and executing holiday promotions in a 24/7 world can suck the life out of you (especially in the retail vertical). And quickly.

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic has a brilliant suggestion for us:

Maybe it’s time to redefine the work-life balance — or at least stop thinking about it.

In his latest HBR post, he offers some considerations:

  • Hard work may be your most important career weapon
  • Engagement is the difference between the bright and the dark side of workaholism (YES!)
  • Technology has not ruined your work-life balance, it has simply exposed how boring your work and your life used to be
  • People who have jobs, rather than careers, worry about work-life balance because they are unable to have fun at work
  • Complaining about your poor work-life balance is a self-indulgent act (And it’s the trigger to all of those negative thoughts– that vicious cycle!)

What do you think? Do you agree? I couldn’t help but soak up his every word. I kept thinking how much meditation, psychotherapy, and yoga can all play a role in helping you make these realizations and stay away from those negative cycles. And then he added the following:

In short, the problem is not your inability to switch off, but to switch on. This is rooted in the fact that too few people work in careers they enjoy. The only way to be truly successful is to follow your passions, find your mission, and learn how to embrace the work-life imbalance.

Couldn’t have said it any better! What do you do to embrace the imbalance? How do you define work-life balance? Please share below.