Given the tremendous change in the business environment, the concept of “work-life balance” continues to be in the forefront of topics for employers and employees alike.
“In short, work-life balance is the state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the demands of one’s career and the demands of one’s personal life.” (1)
Somebody who lacks career equilibrium, suffers from professional and personal time management challenges. Some common ones include: working too many hours, missing important personal events, lacking the energy to pursue interests and hobbies, not getting enough sleep, and enduring job burnout.
According to a recent report from CNBC, “One-third of workers who switched jobs during the pandemic took less pay in exchange for better work-life balance, according to a survey by Prudential. And about 20% of workers said they would take a 10% pay cut if it meant they could work for themselves or have better hours.”
It is not difficult to understand if you struggle with a lack of work-life balance. What can be harder to comprehend are the details around the origins of the uneven lifestyle. Consider that the imbalance can come from one or more of the following:
The very nature of the job crowds out so many other priorities. Your employer needs you to be on the job well past your desired hours. When personal or vacation time comes around, you find yourself having to delay or even cancel. The workload is too difficult to manage with no relief in sight.
Being under the constant stress of a demanding career has negative effects on a positive mental state of being. Lacking energy or interests to pursue activities outside of work deprives the mind of diverse experiences and can make a person believe they have no other choice.
Spending too much effort in your professional life can lead to increased stress and lack of sleep. Carry those burdens too long, and your general health will deteriorate.
Take the time and invest in understanding how your life falls into balance. Review the impact of your professional life and how much you spend at work and how that impacts life outside of work. Evaluate the psychological and emotional bearings have when you can’t have adequate personal time. Appraise how you are going to take care of your body, particularly when you are unable to exercise because of the job.
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