The Work/Life Seesaw

The Work/Life Seesaw

How many times have you heard someone complain about their work/life balance? It’s completely the wrong metaphor. The concept assumes that you’ll be equally accomplished in both spheres constantly, and that’s not how life works. When you’re doing well in one area, you undoubtedly are taking shortcuts in the other. Trying to achieve the unachievable just makes you feel like you’re failing.

Instead, imagine a work/life seesaw. Your focus changes depending upon what is happening in each area. And if things are equally important, you know you have to ask for help because your seesaw is stuck parallel to the ground. Extend your time frame so that you’re not “grading yourself” daily or weekly. Adding this type of extra pressure to yourself doesn’t provide any value. Remember, as long as you average out as successful in each area of your life, you are winning.

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