Monday, February 3, 2014

Is Work-Life Balance Possible?

I was reading an article in the HRB Blog Network by Christine M. Riordan, professor of management at the University of Kentucky, on whether work-life balance is possible. The piece suggests that we need to consider work as a part of life rather than something separate from it, something "out there" somewhere, something that requires us to step away from life to do.

This concept appeals to me on many levels. Having been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years, my work and life are so inextricably interwoven that it is impossible for me to separate the two. This is especially true because I love what I do, delivering employee development training to large organizations and providing content and product strategies for entrepreneurs.

Riordan suggests, "Even in the busiest of schedules, the most practical and effective way we can live is by aligning our personal priorities of work, family, health, and well-being. Such realignment can bring huge gains in emotional and physical energy, not to mention greater clarity and focus at work."

This idea reflects a holistic point of view I resonate with. The bottom-line is to stop thinking in terms of balancing work and life, and instead, find a way of integrating work with all parts of your life. Look at what you value, what satisfies you, and how work supports--or doesn't support--that. You may discover that you have to make some changes.

Patricia Haddock delivers bottom-line results for organizations and entrepreneurs by delivering training programs, creating strategic inbound content, and developing profitable product and service packages for her clients. Watch for Entrepreneur Academy coming soon.

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