If work life balance is the most motivating factor at work, why are so many people unbalanced? You see them working longer hours, taking work home, unable to shut off at the end of the day and accumulating vacation that they never seem to find the time to take. And with this comes the impact on their health and their relationships. So many people blame their employer. “They expect too much!” “I have deadlines to meet!” “It has to get done!” I don’t necessarily agree.
A New Perspective
Is it really true that all of that work must get done? Now? Perhaps it is true to some degree. And I believe possibly there is some wiggle room. You just have to find it. But to find it you have to look, you have to push back and you have to stretch to find it and create the work life balance you desire.
Have you ever been stuck? I mean really stuck someplace. Maybe it was your vehicle stuck in the snow or mud or maybe it was you who were stuck physically between something. How did you get out? When I have gotten my vehicle stuck I rocked it to get it out. Back up, go forward. Accelerate a bit. Let go of the gas and rock back. Back and forth, back and forth until I found some leverage and got out.
It is like that at work. Things get piled on top of you. Your schedule gets fuller and fuller as you jam things in, beside each other and then on top of each other. Before you know it, you are stuck solidly in the middle of mounds of work with, what it feels like, no room to move.
In order to get out, you have to move. You have to wiggle. Yes, it’s uncomfortable to say to you boss, “I am sorry, I can’t take that on until I am done this project”. Yes, it is hard to book a vacation and really shut off. And yes it is awkward to hand the on-call phone to someone else for a change. But in order to find your way out, you have to rock back and forth.
It's Up to You
I am here to tell you, no one else can wiggle for you. Your boss, your employees and your stakeholders are not going to take work off your plate. You have to do it yourself. If you want to find work life balance you need to create it yourself. Society has created this monstrous unhealthy work environment. But society as a whole isn’t going to change it. It takes one person and then another to say “Whoa! I’ve had enough”.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Work-life balance allows you to enjoy your life more. It allows you experience work as part of your life rather than your whole life. Work life balance comes to those who create it and value it. It requires effort and work to make it happen. It entails you being clear in your work world that you will work hard, be dedicated and loyal, have a good work ethic and enjoy the rest of your life too!
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