We often hear people telling us how important it is to strike a perfect work-life balance.
Ask yourself: “How often do you already find yourself exhausted on a Monday afternoon?”, “How often do you take your work home with you?”, or “When did you last miss an important family event due to your work commitments?”. These questions are all designed to convince us to have more choice and control over our working lives, and to switch off and leave it all behind us at the end of the day.
But what if the answer to each of the questions posed above is actually “never?”
Could this possibly mean that you have found your perfect work-life balance?
For those of us who are fortunate enough to have found the perfect balance between a successful career, commuting to and from work, juggling external studies or sports commitments, raising a family and somehow still being able to relax (or even getting away on holidays!) without letting work invade our personal life, perhaps there is a new career-based utopia to strive for… the “work-work balance.”
So what exactly is the rationale behind this relatively contemporary workplace phenomenon?
It’s a well-known fact that satisfying, stimulating and self-fulfilling jobs are fairly difficult to come by. And once you have found the perfect job that you have been searching for, often the challenge is to maintain the high levels of motivation, ambition, drive and commitment to doing the best job possible.
Consider the following important steps to achieving your work-work balance:
- Enjoy what you do
- Accept responsibility and accountability for your own tasks
- Remain focused on the job at hand
- Organize your time effectively
- Strive for open and honest team communication
- Reduce unnecessary negative stress
- Always know what lies ahead in terms of personal growth and your own career development
- Spend time on interesting and challenging projects
- Don’t dwell on trivial non work-related issues
Remember… you need to look after Number One.