Excerpts from Jargon Jungle an eBook covering areas like personal growth, people and talent, strategy and business models, and innovation and technology.
Unless you investigate the causes behind your bad work or difficult life, any amount of ‘work-life balance’ initiatives by your HR will be of no use.
But even before you begin to investigate, you must recognize and accept your reality. A chat with a good friend or your spouse or a professional counselor might help. You may also consider online tools that help you find out more about yourself.
Work-life balance is not about avoiding hard work — it can’t be achieved by slogging until you are 35 to make a fortune and then retiring — in all likelihood, you will retire with a lifelong lifestyle disease!
The balance we need is not that of two pans and a pointer in the middle. That’s dead balance.
The balance we need is that of a runner who enjoys his movement, or that of a musician who enjoys his performance. The balance we need is that of working hard and well, followed by rest as one savors the sweet exhaustion that comes with doing a good job. All of us know what that is.
Whether in sports, at work, or in life, such a balance is difficult to achieve. And it happens only if we practice to set up conditions of balance and then let go.