Inspiring And Enabling People
To Make A Difference
When I started researching my new book, I was not expecting to see the phrase “Work Life Balance” amongst the list of top challenges that people were experiencing. Work Life Balance was a term that first started gaining traction at the end of the 1990’s and by the turn of the century, governments began to take notice and put in place supportive legislation to enable flexible working.
Nevertheless, work life balance still seems to resonate with people and particularly when they are bemoaning their current lifestyle. “Everything is great, I could just do with a better work life balance!” If anything, the digitisation of our lives is making it more difficult for individuals to switch off. Organisations operate according to Parkinsons Law – work will take as long as the time allocated to it. So, if you switch on your blackberry at 10pm to “just check” you can guarantee that there will be some work there for you to do.
Set clear expectations with your colleagues. Tell them, explicitly, that you do not take calls or answer emails during the evening. Don’t think that’s possible? Well, I know several very successful Chief Execs who do this and no-one bats an eyelid. They may well decide to catch up on some reading, but only if they desperately need to.
Don’t have any colleagues, just remember; “We’ll all die with things on our To Do List”.
In my experience, many of the people that moan about work life balance are actually quite happy. They like to work and, currently, that is where they derive meaning in their lives. So the key is to balance your life your way!
See you tomorrow for No.2
All the best,