Work Life Quality vs Work Life Balance
I am not sure about you but I believe that when you are working full-time it is pretty difficult to have work / life balance.
Wikipedia says that work–life balance is a concept including the proper prioritisation between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (which includes health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development).
So is it really possible?
So many responsibilities, so many items on the to-do list, so many people wanting a piece of you … and that’s before you even try to be an engaged and effective partner, friend, daughter, son, father, mother, sister, brother, godmother, godfather … Whoooo, the list just goes on.
Is Balance Possible?
Yes, balance happens sometimes, but if we are forever striving for this so-called work-life balance concept, then I think we will often feel disappointed, and it sets us up for failure.
Perhaps you have felt that way from time to time.
This is why I want to talk to you about this Work Life Quality concept. The last thing I want is for you to have expectations of a perfectly balanced life just because you think everybody else has one. Aaaaa….. none of us busy professionals do! Therefore there is no point in beating yourself up anymore because all of us are trying to work it out.
Work Life Quality
I now believe in, and work towards, the concept of Work Life Quality. This seems so much more relevant to living a fulfilled, purposeful life where we can be our best selves at work and our best selves outside of work.
I like to think of it as quality over quantity. What I mean by this is that, for example, for me, I am very careful with what I choose to include in my life – quality people, quality experiences, quality food, quality wine, quality career decisions, quality collaborations etc.
This adds up to having Work Life Quality, which is something we all deserve no matter what our circumstances are.
This concept of Work Life Quality means we have more control over how we manage ourselves, more control over the decisions we make, and more control over how it makes us feel.
So here are my top three tips for moving away from the unrealistic idea of Work Life Balance and moving towards achieving Work Life Quality.
Top Three Tips
- Prioritise – The first tip is to understand what is really important to you so you can reach some sort of quality in your life. This is where my Glass Jar theory comes into play so well. Once you acknowledge which items should go in your glass jar and which ones should go in your rubber jar, you are one step closer to ensuring you have quality in your life rather than quantity.
- Technology – We live in this incredible digital world that offers us endless amounts of time-saving devices, apps, services and products. We need to embrace them because when we use them wisely we can really free ourselves up. Be clever with the technology you choose. Make it quality technology rather than dozens of different things that send you unnecessary notifications all day long.
- Outsource – It’s okay to admit that we can’t do it all. When we let go of our ego and allow others to help us, it really can free up time and energy and space. This allows us to focus on what brings quality to our lives rather than rushing around trying to do all the little itsy-bitsy things by ourselves because we believe that we do it best. Let go of this. It will change your world.
It doesn’t take a lot to shift our thinking from society’s expectation of work-life balance, to what is realistic and more specific to each individual when we embrace Work Life Quality. This concept is something we teach in all our workshops because it is an approach that all of us busy professionals can use to take back control of how we live our lives.