WORK-life balance can be defined as "a concept including proper prioritising between 'work' (career and ambition) and 'lifestyle' (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation)".
Having just enjoyed a rare long weekend in the second-half of the year, how many of you were able to escape "work" for the weekend?
If you were like me, you probably did the "work/life balance juggle", where you tried to do it all - spend time with family and friends, tried to find some quiet time for yourself, and also fit in a few hours at the office, the workshop, doing the books etc. How did you go? On Monday evening, did you look back over the weekend with a warm heart, rested and relaxed and ready to face the short working week bright and early this morning? Or did you feel a little "stretched" and weary?
In my opinion the key to the work-life balancing act is to make sure you recognise that you have one life, which encompasses all that you do, whether you define certain aspects of it as "work" or "play".
Jack Canfield, in his book 25 Principles of Success, talks about being "on purpose" - doing what you love to do, doing what you're good at, and accomplishing what's important to you.
When you are "on purpose" and doing what you love... success will follow. When you are (working) doing something you love, you will feel fulfilled and satisfied, and it will be effortless and fun.
So take a moment to think about what you "do" everyday, how does it make you feel? What is it that makes you feel energised and happy?
Can you find a way to do more of this? Ask yourself: "What is a job I would love so much that I'd do it for free, but that I could actually get paid for?"
Remember, every one's "purpose" will be different and so what may be hard work, tedious or boring to one person, may be good for the soul of another.
What's important is how it makes you feel. So, if you have "juggled" your long weekend, I hope that you can look back and feel as though you were "on purpose" and that you achieved some success - whatever that means to you.
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