The Necessity of Work/Life Balance
As a job seeker, it can be a daunting process compiling your work history into a condensed resume. After completing the resume, comes the job search and submission of applications. Next, you have your interview and if you are a qualified candidate, you land the job. A new job is exciting and opens many opportunities for learning and growth. The job also comes with many responsibilities and sometimes unexpected tasks. What happens when you juggle those work responsibilities and unexpected tasks along with life’s endless responsibilities (marriage, family, school, church, community service, etc.) and emergencies? There is a need for work/life balance to handle all that life throws at you. I will share some tips and important information on what it means to have work/life balance and how it can prolong your productivity and well-being.
You may ask what is work/life balance? According to www.worklifebalance.com, work/life balance simply means, “Meaningful daily Achievement and Enjoyment in each of our four life quadrants: Work, Family, Friends, and Self. Yes, there is more to us than just what we do from 9a-5p. Outside of work, we are parents, students, caregivers, social activists, etc. and it is very important to find a balance that works best for you in all spectrums. Notice the two words emphasized, achieving and enjoying. We, as a society, are great at achievements and accomplishments especially in the workplace, but what about the experience of enjoying what we do at the office and away from the office. How do we go about blending the two? Again, the concept is all about finding what works for you. The following are 5 causes of work/life imbalance from www.economictimes.indiatimes.com :
Economic Times also lists the following 10 tips to help with work/life balance:
From a personal standpoint, I am all for faith-based solutions for everything and that includes work/life balance. One of the ways I create a healthy work/life balance is with prayer and meditation of my favorite scriptures. I also share my struggles periodically with my accountability partners and women’s group, along with monthly meetups as a form of fellowship. Regardless of what direction you take, make sure that whatever you choose to create that balance, that it is something that is comfortable for you. In closing, the following link is a great article written to encourage women specifically who are struggling to obtain work/life balance: https://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2014/september/work-life-faith-balance.html. I believe the article can help women to be steadfast in their pursuit of a healthy work/life balance. I hope you will enjoy reading this information I’ve presented as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
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