November 11, 2019

Chasing the myth of work/life balance

Fisherman balancing on a boat

Last time I looked, work was a part of life, so maybe we should be talking about work vs non-work balance?

Whatever we call this balance, why do we want it?

And why do we blame work when our lives feel out of balance?

For many people, work seems to detract from the balance we are chasing which, to me, is a quality of aliveness and satisfaction that makes me feel like I am thriving in my day to day life.

How would you define this ‘balanced’ state for you?

If we end up working a lot to provide for ourselves and others, we say our life is out of balance and we beat ourselves up about it.

What if that work was nurturing and you thrived doing it?

Is that OK/not OK?

And if your work does not make you feel alive, what can you change about your work, and more importantly, about how you approach and think of your work?

My best wishes, Paul

Paul Matthews

CEO and Founder of People Alchemy

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