Work-Life Balance: All of these mask the core issue, isolating work and life as two opposing states of being.

Work-Life Balance: The Illusion

Vexing question of creating balance in life

Companies eager to please the workforce have ‘templatised’ this vexing question of work-life balance into a set of deliverable actions – flexible working hours, working from home, Friday bars, generous paternity leave etc. All of these mask the core issue, isolating work and life as two opposing states of being. This separation is rather unrealistic when you are plugged in 24/7.

If you turn one of the deliverable actions on its head, then the flexible working model is essentially designed for the company, you are simply trying to fit in. What it has achieved is getting people to choose what time to come to work and not balance life in the true sense.

It is important to understand what your needs are for work-life balance. Remember, you are paid to work, not to give up your family and life. The work-life equation is more personal and should not be left to businesses to solve. Only you know best about the kind of life you want to lead.

The fulcrum

Achieving this balance isn’t about conflict; it’s about making it a priority. Generally, happier individuals embrace a blended approach to work and life.

If spending more time with family is crucial, it involves balancing that need with engaging in focused work during work hours. Prioritisation means understanding your path and having the power to choose what to accept and what to decline. This self-awareness is a vital aspect of work-life balance, leading to increased productivity and better health.

When you’re immersed in focused work aligned with your priorities, stress and distractions take a back seat to the enthusiasm and energy you bring. The clarity that comes from knowing your priorities fosters excellence both at work and in personal life. This focus and flow positively impact your overall performance and satisfaction.

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