We often hear candidates say they would like a good work-life balance. This got me thinking. What exactly is a work-life balance and what does it mean to me? My next step was logically to hit up Google and do my research.
According to Wikipedia “Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).
I also found this article which I was interesting!
The definition made complete sense to me, but at the same time, I feel like it is more complex than that. I feel like it is truly something that is individualized and that we should think about in order to really maintain a work-life balance. So I decided to break it down for myself by answering 2questions; what are the 5 things that are important to me in my career and what are the 5 things that are important to me in my personal life?
For me it was the following:
1) Career growth
2) Importance of my role within the organization
3) Work schedule
5) Vacation time
1) Spending time with my daughter
2) Travel and taking vacations
3) Hanging out with friends and family
4) Health and Exercise
5) Continuing education
After writing these down I took some time to think. I felt after evaluating everything I had written down that working with my current company is a pretty good spot for now in terms of what is considered a good work-life balance for me. Of course, not all of my ideals were met. However, based on what I have learned, work-life balance does not mean that you get everything you want; it is about finding a middle ground of what is mandatory and what you can budge on.
I feel like knowing what a good work-life balance is for you is important. Let’s face it – a majority of us spend a lot of time at work. Knowing what is important to maintain the balance can determine how happy we are in our jobs as well as our personal life. When you get a chance you should sit down and think about it – maybe even write it out like I did. See if you have a good work-life balance or if there are maybe a few things you should be looking to change!