The Myth of Life-Work Balance
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If you have been in the business world any length of time, you have probably heard the phrase “work-life balance”. The harshest reality to accept in life is that there is no such thing as such a balance. This article will go into detail as to why this is a myth and also explain why this does have to be the doom and gloom notion as one might expect; it is all a matter of how much personal growth you have experienced in your life.
Why work-life balance is a false notion
For decades, employees have tried to find a balance between their work and their leisure. They have done everything from trying to get their work completed within the standard 40 hour workweek (if they are hourly) or even tried to find the highest paying part-time job they could find so they could have more time for leisure in their life. The only problem with this is if you value leisure to the point that you work less, you will either be poor or struggle financially.
There are some jobs where you can achieve this but they are few and far between. There are also people who can live really simple so that they do not have to work as much. Although to some point, this group will still fall behind the masses as most people either cannot, or will not, live this way. In fact, it is hard when you see the opportunities that exist in the United States and the other developed countries.
Once you realize you cannot achieve a work-life balance by staying within 40 hours or less, the next step we usually try to take is to “work smarter, not harder”. This is noble when you think about it, but often times will still make us look lazy and unambitious. The world of work is very demanding, and even more so thanks to the advent of technology in the workplace. This is why so many people are falling behind; because they are not well-prepared for the demands of the workplace and/or they do not have the self-discipline that flows from self-development which naturally empowers them to want to achieve more.
How to keep work and life balanced: There is a way
Here is where we begin to see the light of positivity regarding some measure of hope with regards to finding balance in the workplace. Since sickness is a result of our lives being out of balance, it stands to reason that so many people have chronic sicknesses and are dependent on their company health insurance because their bodies are out of balance.
Anyone who studies labor will notice the division in the classes. Most hourly jobs go to unskilled people who perform physical labor activities. These jobs are not entirely dead end as you can always work your way up into management; although they do not often require a lot of high-tech skill. Also many of these jobs are very labor intensive thanks to advancements in technology. This is why the professionals who went through college and earn a higher income actually make more; because they are on salary and most of them work from 50-70 hours a week. This class has more responsibility and often have to take their work home with them.
Have you ever heard the saying “man’s work is never done”? As labor becomes easier thanks to technology, the jobs of the future become more intellectual. This means they will require some form of higher education just to get a job that pays more than the minimum wage. So how do you follow the “kiss” method and “keep it simple”?
Perhaps one way to balance out your work and leisure life is to commit to a study of general Psychology principles and make time for personal growth. This will help you to get to know yourself as well as what you want out of life. There are many opportunities out there so there is no reason to be stuck in a job that you hate. Once you begin to understand yourself through self-development and personal growth, you begin to figure out what type of work will fit your life’s purpose. This alone will empower you to make it through the workweek without it seeming like work is a “curse upon man” as so many believe. Lastly, whatever is important in your life, such as family, you will naturally find a way to make time for if you truly value its significance and importance in your life.
E Bishop Wooten