The Work Life Multiverse
We grow up. We go to school. We find a job. We work at that job. And then we die.
Such is the story of our lives.
But what about in between? Where is the time to enjoy life? Where do we stop and smell the roses? And when should we stop smelling the roses and reassume our previous position? Where is our Dr Strange to help guide us on this?
We hear it everywhere. Everyone talks about it. The perfect work life balance.
But what really is it? And is it the epitome of a successful adulthood?
Do we need the Time Stone in order to achieve this? Probably not. But it’ll definitely help!
Before I go on, let me ascertain the meaning of work life balance. It is simply the level of importance between the professional and private interests of a person. For some it cna be a 60/40, others 70/30 and some even 80/20. Whatever works. The ideal work life balance is often up for debate.
American author and journalist once said that “anthropologists often define happiness as having little or no differentiation between an individual’s professional and personal lives.”
What do you think? True?
With the onslaught of modern technology, it is now almost impossible to draw the line between work and home life. Even more so as we enter the era of mobile working. Cloud based softwares and the internet invasion has made it effortless for people to “permanently” at work. Smart phones and the ‘always accessible’ manner to work has somewhat replaced the tyrannical control of managers.
So.. how do we achieve a good work life balance?
Simple. Let Traitily be your Infinity Stones in your journey to attain a perfect work life balance.
Set boundaries. This goes without saying. Have a discussion with your team and reaffirm working hours. Sure, sometimes when there are urgent matters or deadlines to be met, this rule may need to be broken but it shouldnt be a habit. If everyone played their roles, there will be no need for last minute actions. The work place should be a well oiled engine with every part working together. Just like how the Mind Stone influences a person’s thoughts, establishing boundaries early on can help set everyone’s expectations.
Don’t strive for the perfect schedule, instead strive for the ideal schedule. Pressuring yourself into achieving the perfect schedule will most often drive you nuts. Take some time to process what part of your day requires the most of your commitment and work from there. Just because a 9 to 5 works best for your bestie, doesnt mean it will work for you. Yours might be more of a 10 to 6 or even 7 to 7 kind of schedule. Make the best of what works for you and stick with it.
Ever heard the saying ‘Your Health Is Your Power’? Why do you think that is so? Your health is what determines your happiness. Mental health, physical health, emotional health it all adds to your general contentment. So why not focus on that? Make time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. If badminton is your thing, set time weekly to play it. If happy ending massages gets your rocks off, then go for it. Find time where you can completely switch off from work and go to your happy place. You’ll come out of it feeling 100% better.
UNPLUG. This is the one sure fire way to really maintain your work life balance. It will be hard at first but trust me when push comes to shove, this could be the only way to go. I don’t mean, completely switching off your phone. No, that’ll be really drastic plus we’re not savages. Screens have become so ingrained in our lives that we don’t even realize we’re using them. One study found that smartphone users check their devices more than 85 times per day but only believe they check them half as often. Maybe the solution here is just switching off all work related stuff or putting them to mute after working hours – emails, whatsapp groups, telegram chats. Try it.
Take that holiday! And don’t feel guilty about it. Even if it’s just a short mini vacay, take it. Or save up for something longer. Your life, your call. Just do it. And unplug once you’re on holiday mode. You really don’t need to know how the office is doing or whether Michelle from Sales managed to secure her client or Sam from Marketing met his weekly KPIs. Nope. You’re on your own time now, enjoy it. You need this time and space to rejuvenate and that’s exactly what you’re going to do. ENJOY YOURSELF.
This is probably easier said than done but find a job that you love. A career shouldn’t be restraining your personal life. Do something you’re passionate about. Something that you’d do for free. Like I said, easier said than done. But it’s doable. Unsure of what the best job is for you? Check out our website – www.traitily.com and discover your potential.
So there you have it boys and girls. Do what you want with this little gauntlet of information and hopefully it’ll help you towards a better work life balance.