Is work life balance fact or fiction? We’re all so busy with seemingly endless demands at home and at work competing for our attention, time and energy. Trying to find time for work, family, friends while at the same time trying to carve out some time to pay attention to our own personal needs can feel like we’re juggling more balls than we can manage with many of them falling to the floor.
When this happens―when we feel like we’ve failed to keep all our balls in the air―we can experience feelings of anger, guilt, fear, resentment, self-doubt, anxiety, and even depression. These emotions are stress responses that are caused by our reactions (internal environment) to stressors in our external environment and our thoughts and beliefs about our ability to cope effectively.
So, it is worth it to pursue work life “balance” or does the idea of a balanced work and family life set us up for failure and disappointment? If we’re not striving to balance our work and life responsibilities what should we be striving for as individuals and as corporate leaders?
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In the interim you can begin to asses your feeling about trying to balance work and life by asking yourself these questions:
- How well do you take care of yourself emotionally, physically and even spiritually?
- Do you manage to set aside personal time for yourself to unwind, review and make plans or do you abandon private time whenever something or someone pulls at your attention?
- How many things or people do you say “Yes” to when you should really be saying “No” because you don’t have the time, don’t have a real interest, or it doesn’t serve your values or purpose? How much stress is this causing you and how are you dealing with your stress?
- How many times a day/week do you feel guiltily, angry, fearful, anxious, depressed or “stressed out” by trying to juggle your family and work responsibilities?
- How often do you ask for help when you’re feeling overwhelmed?
- Do you find yourself working hard each day but nothing really seems to ever get finished?
- Are you frequently missing or postponing family events (e.g., birthday parties, anniversary dinners, vacations) because of work?
- Does your company have a policy on flextime (e.g., working from home on some days) and if so, how often do you take advantage of it?
- Is technology running your life? Do you find yourself checking your company email before you go to bed, while away on vacation, or while out to dinner with your partner or family?
- Are you aiming for perfection? Are you striving to have the perfectly clean home, perfectly home cooked meals, perfectly dressed children, perfectly crafted work presentations, etc.? When was the last time you felt okay with something being “good enough”?
Are you striving for work life balance? If so, how well is it working for you? What tips and strategies do you use? I’d love to hear from you.
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