Is Work-Life Balance Important
Let me start this by saying that I don’t like the term “Work-Life Balance”. It imputes a notion that to achieve one, we must make sacrifices and take from the other. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, prefers the term “Work-Life Harmony”, and I totally agree with him. We should have the two facets of our lives working harmoniously together. But for ease, I’ll continue using Work-Life Balance in this article.
Let me speak from experience here – establishing, or maintaining a work-life balance is hard. Gone are the days of turning off your computer and going home to your family. Not to be bothered by work notifications, until the next morning. This is because your computer is plugged into the wall back in the office, too heavy to carry home with you! With the invention of the laptop computer and smartphone, we are now accessible 24/7. Don’t get me wrong, being able to work from anywhere, instead of being chained to my desk, is great, but where do we draw the line?
So why is Work-Life Balance so important? What are the benefits of achieving such a harmony?
“Keep stress at work and don’t let it follow you home”
Keep stress at work and don’t let it follow you home. By successfully separating your work and home lives, you can properly recharge after your day is done and come to work the next day refreshed and with a clear mind.
By turning off your phone and muting your emails, you can give your relationships the attention they deserve. Be present in the moment, for no one likes to come second to your work commitments all the time. You’ll probably find that your relationships go from strength to strength when you commit more quality time to them.
“You’ll probably find that your relationships go from strength to strength when you commit more quality time to them.”
Both mental and physical health takes a hit when we are stressed and bring our work worries home. Mentally, we become drained and our motivation wanes. It also seems that our physical health is the first to go when we are stressed. By building a sustainable work-life balance, you can allot more time to meditation, exercise and wellness in general.
“By building a sustainable work-life balance, you can allot more time to meditation, exercise and wellness in general.”
Do you find that you are much more efficient and clear headed after coming back from a relaxing holiday? Imagine feeling that way every day. By leaving your ‘work brain’ in the office, and clocking out mentally, it allows your body to refresh and relax and you’ll come back to work the next day, ready for anything. Efficiency at work can translate to reduced stress across the board and even contributed to work satisfaction, meaning we are more willing to stay in our jobs longer.
Written By: Caitie Copley
Chief Financial Officer