Is work-life balance a myth?

‘Work-life balance’ is a practical joke that most of us believe is achievable but end up realising it’s not! Especially, the ones working in the corporate sector will agree to this. How many times have you not heard your spouse or family members cribbing about you not sparing them your time? Or maybe when was the last time you thought going to an SPA to relax or get a beauty treatment done and failed at finding time out? And when was the last time someone told you to balance your work and life? Some would agree if I say, every day!

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More people seem to complain about terrible work-life balance.

Is this because we are spending way too much time and energy working and no time planning our lives? Or is it because the old notion we were taught by our elders about “compartmentalising” our lives doesn’t suit in the modern world of non-stop competition?

Do we really understand what ‘Work-life balance’ is? 

Work-life balance involves prioritising between commitments regarding work and life, like your career, business, family, friends, and free time. According to Jack Welch, “There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”

Being “balanced” can have a different meaning to each person.  One person may feel balanced working 8 hours every day, while another is okay with 9, and a different person may be comfortable at 12 hours even. It depends on personality, life conditions, health, finances, stage of life, duties and responsibilities, desire for upward mobility, and obligations outside of work life.

Does we all need work-life balance?

Some people may say that if you are self-employed or a business owner, there is no such thing as work-life balance.  As a company owner, the business is everything in their lives and often is very difficult to separate and may not even be a characteristic that the entrepreneur desires.

So, if the thought of balancing work and life puts you under stress, or if you are happy with the way things are, don’t complain!  This is where the work-life balance terminology is important.

A long period of stress, uncertainty, and a variety of tasks we have to deal with regularly may cause a series of anxiety, the inability to rest, and even panic attacks are often resulted by faulty work-life balance. So how can we prevent ourselves from burning out, take good care of our health, and restore the energy?

Here are a few things to consider:

• Disconnect from work and social media for some time on a daily basis after working hours.

• Spare some quality for your passion and hobbies

• Take rest, eat healthily and sleep to rejuvenate yourself

• Stop multitasking to finish everything together which ends up in substandard production quality

Finally, for a good work-life balance, work smart and not just hard. Don’t deny yourself of hard and smart work possibilities. Set a clear distinction between the time you spend at the office and the time you give for leisurely activities. This is a need, not merely recommended by experts, if you want to remain efficient and productive longer then this is your secret mantra. Your professionalism depends on how well you sleep and how active you are. So don’t frown when your parents or lover says you need to take a chill.