Comment: My husband asked me if everyone works 14 hours per day at our company.
In the old days, work and personal life were mostly separated. One could have a professional life and a personal life. Today, the term work-life balance is an oxymoron, a non sequitur, and a misnomer. Today, the overlap is tremendous. With e-mail, blackberries, laptops and globalization, there is no longer separation and much less balance. Vacations are often working vacations and about a third of workers do not take all their time off. A recent article, 'Getting Away From It All' Going Out of Style?, discusses this exact phenomena.
In addition, we've stretch both sides of the clock and week to get an edge. It used to be career books recommended coming in 45 minutes early to have an advantage at work. If only it were that easy:-) For me, the norm had become arrive 2 hours early, work through lunch, stay 2 hours late, do global conference calls from home, check e-mail at night to get a jump on international correspondence, and work about 8 hours on the weekend. At the same time, we have been downsizing and taking on more work.
With the addition of our daughter, I have decided that I needed a different work-life balance. However, I have learned there really isn't a balance. Balance implies that I can have both at the level and quality to I want. There is no longer balance, just choices, about how I spend the 168 hours per week that I have.
Choice means trade offs. More time at the at the office, means less quality time with family. More quality time with family, means less time at work. If someone has figured out how to have more quality time with the family AND more time at work, I will be all ears:-)
For more on New Beginnings, check back every Sunday for a new segment.
Photo Credit: morgueFile.com, David Ellis
This is not financial advice. Please consult a professional advisor.
Copyright © 2007 Achievement Catalyst, LLC