Defining What Work-Life Balance Looks Like for You

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by Dana on August 16, 2012

This week’s video strategy was inspired by a question I received on Facebook around my opinion of the use of the term work-life “balance” vs. work-life “harmony.” In response, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my thoughts on work-life “balance” and how to define what it looks like for you.

So first off, I tend to use the term work-life balance because I think most people easily understand what that means. However, I intend for it to capture the spirit of terms like work-life harmony or work-life symbiosis. In other words, you will never have perfect 50/50 balance between your work and personal life; sometimes you will have to be more focused on your family and other times you’ll have to give more hours to your business. The goal is for you to be able to honor your priorities at any given time–and only you can define what those are.

The key is how your are feeling…Do you end your days feeling fulfilled–like you accomplished what was most important to you? Or are you feeling stressed and guilty? If it’s the former, you’re doing something right. If it’s the latter, here are some of my top tips for getting yourself back on track and feeling more “balanced.”

1.Define your current values and priorities.

2. Create boundaries to protect your precious family time and your work time.

3. Learn how to confidently (but respectfully) say “no” to anything that’s not a priority right now.

4. Don’t be afraid to get help. Outsource anything not in your “sweet spot” so you have more time to devote to what’s important to you.

5. Remember, hours worked does not equal productivity. Learn how to become more efficient and effective with your time.

6. Take care of yourself. The more you sleep, exercise, eat healthy…the more productive you’ll be and the more energy you’ll have for the important people in your life.

{ 2 comments }

Marcia Reece August 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Dana: I really like your message. I’d like to quote you on my blog if you would give me permission. ]

I lost my 25 year marriage to workaholism, so your message is really really on point for me. As you might remember from our phone call, my book, Secrets of the Marriage Mouse – Find Your Forever Love in 4 Proven Steps, outlines my quest for Forever Love plus much more.

One point I would add to your video today is the Critical Importance of Finding and Maintaining a healthy Forever Love. I have yet to meet One Single Practicing Workaholic!! If you know of one, please let me know. When a person has a healthy Forever Love, workaholism takes a seat in the back of the bus of life. So, I encourage my clients to always take a sharp, hard look at work vs. rel’ship time. Finding and maintaining that balance is critical.

When we have a healthy, loving rel’ship, so much of life seems to run smoother, the sky is bluer, the clouds are a little puffier, and the smiles come so much easier.

Have a wonderful day. I love your messages.
Marcia Reece

admin August 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

Hi Marcia – Sure thing. You can certainly quote me anytime… :)

Thanks for adding your insight on the importance of balancing relationship & work time. Fantastic point!!!

Talk soon,
Dana