Understanding the Nature of Work-Life Balance

We spend most of our adult lives either at home or at work. These two places become the most important parts of our lives because we need both for survival. However, because of the gratification that we get from work, it’s easy to devote most of our energy and time to that and have little enthusiasm left for our personal lives. Your personal life and your professional life should not overlap, and one should not be neglected for the sake of the other. 

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Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is all about finding the perfect place for yourself. It might be tempting to overlook certain aspects of your personal life and focus on your work instead, but doing so can only have disastrous consequences for your professional life as well.

Like Brian Dyson, the former Vice Chairman and COO of Coca-Cola said –

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit, and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – this is something we should all strive for. Believe it or not, this does come from balance. You need to be able to relax and unwind for your mind and body to spring back to action with maximum productivity.

“Invest in your work-life balance. Time with friends and family is as important as times at work. Getting that out of balance is a path toward unhappiness.” – Stephen Gillett

Final Thoughts

I believe it’s never too late for anybody to establish a healthy work-life balance and still be an excellent entrepreneur. To keep up the grind and keep your business successful for a long time, you have to find the right amount of time to dedicate to both your company and your personal life. It might not always be easy to make yourself take a step out of the office, but practice makes perfect. 
“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert

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