What is Work-Life Balance?
Worklifebalance.com defines Work-life balance as meaningful daily achievement and enjoyment in each of four life quadrants: Work, Family, Friends and Self. Many including myself believe Work-Life Balance does not mean an equal balance of time.
I define Work-Life Balance as earning a living while not giving away power. Learning how to manage energy gives you the energy to live the life you desire. So, how do you manage energy? It starts with awareness if you are already miss-managing energy and underlying reasons why. Then it takes daily practice to create healthy energetic boundaries.
To learn more about the concept of energy management becoming acknowledged in the business world, read the quote below from an 2007 article in Harvard Business Review titled, “Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time” by Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy
“To access the energy of the human spirit, people need to clarify priorities and establish accompanying rituals in three categories: doing what they do best and enjoy most at work; consciously allocating time and energy to the areas of their lives—work, family, health, service to others—they deem most important; and living their core values in their daily behaviors.”
“Energy contracts disappear only after you determine their payoff or the reason why you are holding onto your end.” Cindi Dale, Energetic Boundaries
I believe energy management is the key to a successful life. In my life I’ve had help from experts to identify negative energy patterns that I was blind to. Then it requires practice to become proficient in setting healthy energy boundaries.
If this subject resonates with you, schedule an appointment for a free Energy Health Assessment.
Work-Life Balance Statistics:
30% of employees often or very often feel burned out or stressed by their jobs, 27% feel emotionally drained from their work, and 42% feel used up at the end of the work day. Source: five-year study of the American workforce conducted by the Families and Work Institute.
More than half (65 %) of Americans are stressed to their limits. Source: Nearly one-quarter of working adults simply don’t like their jobs. They desire a career transition because they want to find jobs they actually enjoy. Bellevue University consumer study.