The Work/Life Balance Hoax

I gave a talk a couple of years back about work/life balance.

Well, that’s what they asked me to talk about. And I did... I talked about it...

 

I talked about how work/life balance is a hoax, and how striving for it sets us up for failure.

 

I recall someone at the end raising their hand in a confused sort of way: “So... no balance?!” she asked. "Nope. No balance."

the work/life balance hoax

Instead, I suggested...

 

Clarity.

Clarity around what matters most to you.

 

Priorities.

Priorities in regards to what is a must… and what is a could… or worse yet, a should.

 

Agreements.

Agreements are healthier than expectations. They take the emotion our of the deal, and put the focus on choices and not personalities.

 

We cannot balance work and life.

 

We can’t put our roles into compartments and then be an employee or a business owner in one scheduled lot of time and then be a mom or friend, or whatever else in the other section of time.

You are the employee and the dad. Or the mom and the business owner. Or any other combination of possibilities.

 

You are not your roles. But your clarity about what matters most to you, and how you prioritize your agreements matter.

 

Create healthy agreements to experience a deeper satisfaction...

Work/Life Harmony

 

- Sylvia 

 

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