WORK-LIFE BALANCE / MAR. 28, 2016
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Why You Should Kill the Work Life Balance Myth

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It has long been supported that in order to achieve true success in your life you need to strike a balance between your work and your life. In other words, work and life are two things that can be clearly distinguished and equal portions of your day should be dedicated on each of these things in order to achieve happiness. However, as the workplace progresses into a new era and it becomes less of an office and more of a culture, the work life balance myth becomes a joke of the past that we should collectively agree to let go.

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Passion Does Not Fit Into the Work Life Balance Concept

It is now believed that passion is an integral part of any successful professional. You just can’t hope to make it in the professional world if your work does not inspire you and if you don’t feel passionate and motivated to achieve success. Your boss certainly will expect you to be passionate about your work otherwise you can forget all about career advancement.

When it comes to work life balance however, it’s difficult to see where passion fits in. Passion is not an on and off switch. You can’t switch it on when you arrive to work in the morning and turn it off when the clock strikes 5. Passion is that feeling we get in our gut when we are super excited about our work, it’s when we can’t stop thinking and working on ideas about our work and it’s certainly not something that you can leave at the office.

If you are passionate about your work this will follow you around no matter what time of the day it is. It will drive you to work for hours on end and it will eventually help you succeed in your professional life. Of course, that’s not to say that passionate professionals can’t lead happy after work lives, their work is simply an integral part of who they are.

Your Work Life Is Just as Important

We spend a large portion of our time at work which means that the time spent at work is a vital part of who we are as individuals. Just think about a person you know at the office who’s always grumpy at work and seems to be displeased with everything and everyone around them. Do you expect this person to be Mr.Sunshine when he walks out the office door? Of course not, because work contributes to how we feel.

The work life balance way of thinking dictates that we all dedicate our time at work to advance our careers and become successful, while our time outside work should be dedicated to making us fulfilled, but the reality is that the two cannot be separated. You can’t expect to advance your career if your after work life sucks and you have no motivation to live, and you can’t be happy in your after work life if you are constantly worried about losing your job.

Therefore, it’s important to understand that you need to take the time to cultivate relationships in the workplace and make the most of your time there, not only because this will contribute to being happy after work as well, but also because this will contribute to your overall happiness and success.

True Happiness Is a Balancing Act

The key to achieving happiness in your life is seeing your life as a whole where your work is an integral part of who you are and in order to be successful in all areas of your life you need to understand that at times you will need to focus more on one part of your life and at other times on the other.

Big projects at work will mean that you will not have the time to go out with friends, while family emergencies will keep your focus away from work. This shouldn’t stress you because life is like a wheel and one aspect of your life can’t always be on top, just learn to go with the flow and true happiness will follow.

See Also: How to Be Flexible and Open to Change in the Workplace

Does your work take you away from your after-work life or is it the other way round? Have you managed to achieve happiness in all aspects of your life? Share your experiences with us in the comment section below.

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