As I looked on smiling when one of my work colleagues celebrated this week, it got me thinking about important events, people and things in our lives and how we can aim for work-life balance in the face of negative views about not being able to ‘have it all’. She was getting married, often known as ‘getting hitched’ or ‘tying the knot’ – however, it really doesn’t have to be a burden (I know from experience!). It is a choice, a relationship with comprises, something that can make you very happy. I accept it’s not for everyone and if it isn’t working then decisions have to be made but we shouldn’t deny ourselves the opportunity because it might impact our career success or take our lives in a direction we hadn’t planned. If we can start thinking about what we can do, what will make us happy and how to manage our time between multiple responsibilities, asking for help when we need to, then we can have work-life balance. Coming back to the celebration, I met lots of guests with interesting careers from foreign affairs to graphic design who were taking time out from their busy careers and lives to attend a wedding on a Monday afternoon!
You may like to read this recent article in Time Magazine. It suggests 5 easy steps to achieve work-life balance:
- Everything is not equally important. Do fewer things and do them well.
- Decide what your values are — and which ones take precedence.
- Do the things that get disproportionate results.
- Focus on the things only you can do.
- Do the important things which must be done now.
It’s not simple and it won’t be resolved tomorrow but you can get much, much better at this with time.