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How to make work-life balance work

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for months, but to be completely honest “work has gotten in the way.”  In February I watched this TED video by Nigel Marsh author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.”

 

I meet individually each week with about half a dozen new guests who describe to me the obstacles they’ll face when they return home.  Empirically speaking, I’d figure that nine out of ten attribute their health problems to the long unbalanced hours they spend in the workplace.  Most assert that their lives are totally dominated by work.  Yet many believe the solution is simply to find time outside of work hours to exercise.  As Nigel describes, “being a fit ten hour a day office rat isn’t being more balanced.  It’s being more fit.”  Work-Life balance is a healthy combination of intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social and physical wellbeing.

 

“The Small Things Matter”

Nigel’s heartfelt story near the end of the video described a scene when he got off one hour early from work to spend a quality evening with his son.  While being tucked into bed, his son proclaimed, “Dad!  This has been the best day of my life, EVER!”  The smallest time investments in the right places can radically transform the quality of your relationships and life.  Being balanced doesn’t mean dramatic upheaval.  Start approaching work-life balance in a more balanced way.  And remember, “if you don’t design your life, someone else may design it for you.”   

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