Work – life balance is the dynamic interaction between ‘work’ and ‘life’. ‘Work’ is those tasks you must do to keep your life functioning – paid or unpaid, inside or outside of the home. And ‘life’ is those things you do for your own personal fulfillment – the things you really enjoy and want to do.
‘Balance’ is the ideal blend of those two areas, difficult though it may be to achieve it..
To move toward life balance, become aware of how you are spending your time. Notice where you are satisfied, where you may be out of balance and those areas you would like to change.
Next create your own vision of a balanced day. What will this look like, from the time you wake up until the time you sleep? How will you feel?
Identify the obstacles that interfere with your quest for balance such as your own thoughts, words and actions. Also look at other obstacles such as other people’s opinions, schedules and actions.
And finally, take some ‘action’. Awareness, desire and identifying your obstacles are important, but to move toward balance, you need to take action.
Work-life balance is not a destination. It is a dynamic state of awareness and choices. Try these simple tips to help move you toward the life you desire.