At the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. They are daily Achievement and Enjoyment, ideas almost deceptive in their simplicity.
- Achievement: something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed
- Enjoyment: the possession, use, or occupancy of anything with satisfaction or pleasure; in law. the exercise of a right
Achievement and Enjoyment are the front and back of the coin of value in life. You can’t have one without the other, no more than you can have a coin with only one side.
Trying to live a one-sided life is why so many “Successful” people are not happy, or not nearly as happy as they should be. You cannot get the full value from life without BOTH Achievement and Enjoyment. Focusing on Achievement and Enjoyment every day in life helps you avoid the “As Soon As Trap”, the life dulling habit of planning on getting around to the joys of life and accomplishment “as soon as….”
So take a look at your life. Taking everything into account, “Are you and those you love, work, play and live with getting what you both need from the time spent together?” If your answer if “yes”, great, you have reached a pinnacle of success more valuable than perfect balance.- a dynamism that gives you space to ebb and flow as needed. If not, well then let’s think about how you can improve your “Achievement-Success ratio.” There is dynamism to balance, it ebbs and flows. A dynamic fulfilling life with enough time and space for you, your loved ones and work is possible. Focusing on how your roles and priorities complement each other and being effective and efficient in meeting your needs as well as your loved one’s needs goes a long way to creating a fulfilling life.
Want to get a clear picture of your own work-life balance? Take the work-life balance quiz on my website.
If you are ready to stay on top of your priorities please come to my Practical Priority Setting Workshop on May 7.