The work-life balance is imbalanced

Why do people seek a work-life balance?

  1. The work I do is overly demanding; I’m overextending myself.
  2. Our work timings are undefined; my manager calls me at 2:00 am.
  3. With synchronous messaging tools like Slack, people at work expect me to respond immediately, even when I am at my dinner table or grocery shopping.
  4. My work is a never-ending loop; I feel disconnected from the real world; I have no time for other things like family, exercise and entertainment, etc.

Let’s inverse these problems

Work — Industrial age vs. Information age

Time breakdown of a long human life

Balance results in mediocrity

So, what can be done?

  1. Do what you love. Have a deep desire to do what you do. Discover your IKIGAI and find play and happiness in your work.
  2. Learn to say “No”. Don’t over-commit. Understand your capacity and avoid getting buried in limitless tasks by saying yes all the time. If already committed, negotiate more time and deliver the best.
  3. Find focus Reduce random context switches. Learn to become in-distractable; achieving the flow often helps to complete those large chunks of To-do lists within a given time.
  4. Make the right choices and priorities. Instead of asking how to find more time? We should be asking how to make our list of to-dos smaller. When we make the right choices, we have better control over our time. To make these choices, we need to know our priorities. But to know our priorities, we need to know our values. When we know our values, it is easy to define our priorities, which will guide our choices. These choices then shape our days, which, in turn, shape our lives.
  5. Adjust workplace rules. If your workplace is setting rules and expectations on how you should live, raise your concerns. Request to set team goals to work together with shared responsibility. We need to start trusting people and let them define their boundaries between work and personal life. This way, we can take care of each other; Don’t become the only dependable person in the team.
  6. Have “No time”. No time is a quiet moment in which a person can isolate themselves from the noise and demands of the world. It helps us relax enough to see the big picture and allows innovative ideas to get light. Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein applied the concept of no time to boost their creativity.
  7. Win at your routines. Routines are small or medium-sized tasks you do for yourself daily, Eg. washing, exercise, reading, etc. Finishing these gives you small wins which generate positive energy for the rest of your day.
  8. Seek work-life harmony. Harmony is the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce a pleasing effect. Similarly, what matters most is how much positive energy we can generate at work and home to gain happiness.

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Hi, I’m a designer from India creating experiences to help people live better. I humanize products and services through design. Learn more at https://owaiz.in/

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Mohammad Owaiz Shaik

Mohammad Owaiz Shaik

Hi, I’m a designer from India creating experiences to help people live better. I humanize products and services through design. Learn more at https://owaiz.in/