Work-life balance . . . what does it really mean? Some people may think it means an equal balance, but that’s definitely not what it means. The definition varies from person to person, and it will depend on the stage of life you’re in. The right balance for you when you’re single isn’t going to be the same as when you’re married and have children. When you’re just starting your career your work-life balance will be different than when you’re nearing retirement.
According to Wikipedia, “the expression work–life balance was first used in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s to describe the balance between an individual’s work and personal life. In the United States, this phrase was first used in 1986.” I’m sure the view of work-life balance has changed over the years, especially as technology has now made it easy for so many of us to quickly and easily plug into work when we’re away from the office and off the clock.
I like what Nick Taranto, cofounder of Plated.com, has to say about work-life balance: “You can only cut so many pieces from the pie. Work-life balance means making decisions around where, who, and what you’re going to sacrifice, because you can’t do it all.”
I think a good work-life balance allows us to find happiness in our everyday life. Are you finding joy in your accomplishments at work and in your home life? Some days I’m better at it than others. I’m thankful I have such a great team to work with, and that I do find joy in doing my job well and helping my team as well as our customers. There are some days that I work extra-long hours, but I do take time to enjoy my life outside of work. I hope you can take time this fall to reflect on your life. Are you finding a good work-life balance? If not, what can you do improve it?
Well, it’s time for me to call it a day, so I’m off to enjoy a nice long walk. I love all the beautiful colors of the leaves this time of year, and I love capturing those colors in the photos I take. Whether at work, or your personal time, take time to enjoy life and your accomplishments.
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Heather Kuss is the Digital Marketing Specialist at Sage Construction and Real Estate. She is passionate about providing the best customer experience possible. On her down time she loves to spend time walking, hiking, reading, knitting, and spending time with friends and family.Follow her on Twitter @hgkuss