Work-Life balance? Hah! Is this a joke? My workaholic friends (who feast on their spreadsheets and calculators from breakfast to midnight snack) will laugh at that phrase. Before the 2014 Los Angeles Work-Life Balance Seminar was imposed on all of us, I had 50-hour weeks at work. My best friend was more like 60 hours, and she attributed that to her being a single LA woman of the 21st century. For real?
What Is Work-Life Balance?
Effective control of both your career and personal time, in general, is essential for you to be able to attain your preferred outcomes in these areas of your life. Harmonizing your career and home life is imperative to enhance your output on both and your overall satisfaction while preserving your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Natasha – An Example Of A Young Professional Who Got Burned Out
Natasha was so excited about the fact that right after graduating from college, she received a job offer from one of “dream” boss companies. What she didn’t know was that her life was going to change drastically and set her 10, if not 20 years back, in her personal life.
She had to commute one hour and a half to and from work every single day. So, if work was at 8, Natasha had to leave at 6 AM, wake up at 5 AM at most. She would also arrive home around 8 or 9 in the evening, that is if she doesn’t take overtime work.
Her friends would invite her to eat out or for casual drinks, but Natasha had to say NO. She was always tired and binged on food. Natasha even gained weight. Her gym time was forgone, and during weekends, she would sleep all day.
Is this a life? Slaving yourself to work, even if you love what you are doing? No, this shouldn’t be the case. You must always balance your work and your personal time. By attending a seminar, you will understand that there is more to life than work.