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Achieving a Work-Life Balance

Achieving a Work-Life Balance

Achieving a Work-Life Balance

It is important to achieve a work-life balance.

Work-life balance is a personal perception that you have the right mix of all the various components of your life. Your life is composed of component parts, all of which make demands on your time. The problem of work-life balance is the fact that you have a limited amount of time and unlimited demands being made upon it.

You cannot do it all.

You cannot be at home with the family and be driving on the motorway, at the same time.

You have to manage the competing demands of the various aspects of your life.

You need to achieve a sense that you have the right balance between the competing components.

Sustainable equilibrium

Work-life balance is a measure of the degree to which you feel your life is in a state of sustainable equilibrium.

Presumably your life contains the following components: Work, rest (sleep), family, friends, health fitness, further education.

Each life element has a value and each takes time. But you cannot do them all at the same time. Sometimes you have to choose.

In order to do that, you need decide; what is your hierarchy of values.

Hierarchy of work-life values

Your hierarchy of values indicates, not only what your values ARE, but also their relative importance. How important is each element, relative to each other element?

How do you value each life element against each other, in order of importance?

For example: Everyone values work, because work brings in money, and everyone needs money. And everyone values their health, because nothing is much fun if you feel sick.

So we all value work and we all value our health. But which do you value the most? Work or health? Is it possible that some people sacrifice their health upon the alter of their work? Yes.

Second example: Most people value their rest time. Nobody can work forever without resting. And most people value further education, because they know that ignorance is not bliss. So, we all value resting and we value further education. But which do you value the most?

Resting or further education? Is it possible that some people spend more time watching TV than they do reading reference books? Yes.

Achieving your work-life balance

The point about work-life balance is that you don't have time to do everything on the same day.

So, in order to achieve work-life balance, you will need to decide how you SHOULD spend your time.

And to do that, you need to know how the various sets - Work, rest (sleep), family, friends, health, further education - rank in importance, in your mind.

Take our Work-Life Balance Questionnaire and discover how you rate your hierarchy of work-life values.

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