March 28, 2022
It’s a well-known fact that work can be tough on your health and wellbeing.
But is it possible to have a healthy work-life balance? And if not, should everyone just resign themselves to the idea that they must choose between their careers or their families?
The term “work-life balance” is often used to describe the ideal of maintaining equal priorities between your work and personal life. But is this balance really possible? And if not, does that mean we should just accept that work will always come first?
There’s no denying that work can be demanding and time consuming. But many people feel that they can’t just leave their work at the office—it often follows them home in the form of stress, worries, or even arguments with loved ones.
On the other hand, it can be tough trying to fit in all the things you want to do with your personal time, and you may even feel like you’re sacrificing your career in order to have fulfilling experiences with your family.
So what’s the answer? Is work-life balance really possible, or is it just an unattainable fantasy?
The answer to this question is tricky, as it depends on individual circumstances. For some people, having a good work-life balance is definitely possible—they may have a job they love that doesn’t consume all their time, and they may be able to fit in personal commitments.
But for others, it’s a challenge. CEOs, lawyers, engineers, business owners, doctors, and high achievers often wake up to find they’ve spent their lives prioritizing their careers over their families, friends, and making memories. It’s one of the worst realizations a person can have.
Here’s a different take on the problem—what if the question isn’t about how to balance work and life, but about what you actually want?
Do you want a career full of travel and boardroom dealings?
Do you want a happy home surrounded by white picket fences?
Do you want peace, quiet, and a few acres with grass, trees, and streams?
Do you want limitless time to exercise your creativity?
These are tough questions with no easy answers. You may find yourself nodding to all of the above!
But here’s the truth—only one can be your top priority.
Decide what matters most for you. Then, integrate the rest into your vision of your life.
Prioritize your career above all else? Create a 5-year plan that will get you to your ideal job and then make it happen.
Value your personal relationships and family time above your career? Then build a business or take on freelance work that allows you the time and freedom to do the things you love outside of work.
The key is to find what works for you. And that means being honest with yourself about what you really want.
So ask yourself—what do you want? And how can you make it a reality?