Ah, work/life balance… We all want it and very few of us actually have it. To make matters worse, the strain of the economy has forced most of us to “do more with less.” Many of us are underpaid and overworked. In the end, our work/life balance ultimately pays the price. And depending on what is out of balance, we may end up seriously and permanently hurting aspects of our lives that mean everything to us. From our most valued relationships to our physical health, work/life unbalance has definite costs.
This month, we’re talking about work/life balance. We’ll be covering the following as I help you think about how to get and keep your life in balance:
- What are the signs I’m out of balance?
- Where do I start if I want to get balance back?
- How do I set boundaries and say NO?
- Your prescription for getting and keeping work/life balance
Before you strap yourselves in, know that it could be a bumpy and uncomfortable ride. A few caveats about work/life balance:
1. There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer. Work/life balance differs from individual to individual
2. It’s always changing. You may find balance, and then something in your life changes and “bam!,” you are out of balance. From getting married to having children and then seeing them leave you with an empty nest, seasons change and so does balance.
3. Some professions are more difficult to get balanced than others. If you are an investment banker, traveling consultant, high-paid attorney, a young resident physician, (insert your profession here), etc… balance does not exist in the traditional sense. It’s really a question of what is unbalance costing you and for how long are you willing to pay the price?
So before you strap in, ask yourself: “what’s out of balance and how am I going to start to get balance back?” It’s gonna be bumpy but with some effort and intentionality, we may just land smoothly and a little more balanced in the end.