By Perminus Wainaina
Family demands and almost immediately without hesitation, duty calls…
See, when I first entered the workforce several years ago, all I kept hearing about and desiring was the need to achieve work-life balance.
You know, the exactly 8 hours at work, the open weekends for family, the whole ‘work stays at work’ thing among many other ideas.
And because it seemed so perfect and important, and I kept chasing after it anyway.
Fast forward, several years later, I look back and smile at those ideas. But what really is work-life balance today?
Just think about it…
Most people think of it as the ability to split work and personal life with the aim of creating a 50-50 balance.
But remember, no day is the same, even with the help of schedules, assistants and routines. You are constantly pulled in different directions and especially if you are managing a team.
So where do you stop and say, “Ok, work time is up. I am now removing my work dress and putting on my personal-life clothes.”
It is not a switch that you can just flip and the personal part of you comes to life, right?
Being a career coach for almost 10 years now, I’ve had several sessions with clients who are torn between their personal life and their work life to others who left their stressful jobs for positions with few work responsibilities.
And I can boldly tell you that if there’s anything I’ve learnt about starting a business from scratch in my 20s, it’s that work-life balance as we’ve come to know it could actually be another myth for all we know.
But is it possible to actually find work-life balance?
Now, I am sure we are now on the same page that the idea of work-life balance that we currently hold is misunderstood, but is it possible to achieve some resemblance of balance and still be happy at work?
And my answer here would be a big yes but remember that such a balance is personal.
Here are some of tips to keep in mind in order to find the right balance that you desire.