The past few decades have brought so many new terms into our modern lives. One that is commonly heard is “work-life balance.”
What is balance exactly? Especially when so many are expected to be on call at all times, even evenings, weekends and on vacation?
A good balance is putting your all into it when you're working, then focusing on family, friends, hobbies relaxation when you're not (even if your cell phone is sometimes on).
The website WorkLifeBalance.com puts things in perspective by not advocating exact amounts of life given to various aspects of life. WorkLifeBalance advises, “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.”
This is very true. No year (or even week) will be the same. Balance doesn’t mean fitting everything in every day. Balance depends on your work, your personal life and even where you live. Balance can be different from one year to the next.
Here are some tips about balancing life and work in a never-ending work environment:
1) If you’re young, love your work and have no family obligations, it's okay to throw yourself into your job!
Work extra hours to earn more cash and be in line for promotions. Spend a Saturday doing some overtime (paid or otherwise) if it means you’ll get ahead. Now is the time to put all your efforts in without the time-consumption that marriage and children bring. There’s nothing wrong with working harder than anyone you know. In many cases, you’ll jump in front of the career line and it’ll pay off later.
Don’t forget to fit in exercise and socializing when you can. Take a power walk at lunch time and meet friends for a meal after work. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy! Things will eventually balance out. But building up a good career portfolio is important, and extra hours might be needed.
Single and working hard? Make sure your downtime counts. Go on vacations, see the world and experience new things. If you have children down the line, you’ll be more confined to home.