The Shame of Failing at Work-Life Balance
Work life balance is a myth, and I have some thoughts on the idea that I want to share with you today. There are so many self-help books and podcasts, and influencers out there telling you how to balance in work and life so that you never feel overwhelmed or guilty. I argue that true balance is impossible.
But not because it’s impossible to balance, but because I don’t believe your life and your work should be in opposition to each other. The phrase “work-life balance” implies these two things are sitting on opposite sides of a scale. And in order to be happy, you have to figure out how to keep these two things balanced every minute of every day. When the scales slightly tip one way or the other, you feel guilt, shame, and a sense of failure. In this episode I talk about the harm of that myth and what you can do about it.
Here are some highlights:
- [1m 15s] The myth of a work-life balance
- [2m 57s] The new concept of work life blend
- [4m 16s] More than two categories of work and life and how I handle it
- [7m 48s] Action step this week
Mentioned in this Episode
Kelly Nolan – Time Management and Life Organization Expert
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