Here is the problem. Work and life balance (WLB) is different for each of us. It is also hard to define this balance in a way that fits everyone. The foregoing link leads to a generally acceptable definition of the concept.
Work-life balance is not an equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities. Another complicating factor is that work-life balance will usually vary over time, if not daily. In other words, the right balance today could be a disaster for you tomorrow. For example, you may have achieved WLB before you started a family, but the same balance may be inappropriate at the beginning of your career or when you are approaching retirement.
However, at the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. They are Goal Achievement and Pleasure. Goal achievement and pleasure are integral to the big picture as to “Why am I doing any of this anyway?” The answer to this important question must be based on your short and long term goals as they relate to finance, family, education, career and other personal aspirations.
What is pleasure in this proposition? Generally, pleasure will relate to your accomplishments that engender a sense of pride, satisfaction, happiness, and a sense of well-being. The couplet of goal achievement and pleasure are linked to the extent that you really can’t have one without the other.
Now, how do we measure our achievement towards the goal achievement and pleasure? The evaluation tool is this question: Did I achieve any part of my goal or goals today? If the answer is “yes” you will experience the pleasure associated with that achievement. To take that measurement one step further, ask the same question weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. If the answers are predominately “yes” you are achieving the balance you seek.
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