There has been some debate about “work-life balance” in recent business discussions.
Some people believe that work-life balance doesn’t exist because you can’t possibly “balance” everything, so you have to choose one or two areas of your life to focus on. Some prefer phrases like “work-life integration” or “work-life alignment” because work is a part of life. Some believe that a healthy life stems from a healthy career or vice versa.
Ultimately, though, all of the arguments boil down to one key point. Everyone wants a happy, full, and productive life.
“Life” consists of career, family, friends, health, enjoyment, fulfillment, contribution, love, and more. You can’t separate these out when considering your happiness and stress levels.
But trying to balance all of these areas of life can feel overwhelming—and sometimes downright impossible.
But it is possible.
And we know, because we work with Team Members every day who have their ideal work-life balance.
Still, work-life balance can feel stressful. Even the thought of trying to balance your hours at home and at work—while paying the bills, while being happy, while being healthy, and more—can make anyone’s head explode.
But that’s not what work-life balance is about.
In fact, it’s just the opposite. The goal of work-life balance is to remove your stress so you can focus on prioritizing those activities that make you happy.
Your work-life balance will look different than anyone else’s because it’s about what YOU want. Work-life balance is not dictated by what friends, family, or society says you should be doing with your time. It’s an individual process that allows you to focus on your personal values.
That’s why flextime work arrangements are so useful for almost all types of careers. Flextime gives you the flexibility to work when it’s best for you. If you want to prioritize taking your kids to school in the morning, flextime allows you to schedule shifts or hours later in the day. If you want to take every Wednesday off to go hiking, flextime allows you to build your schedule around your day trips.
The purpose of work-life balance is to understand your goals and intentions for happiness. Then, you can schedule your work hours accordingly.
What is your definition of work-life balance?
Where are your priorities?
Where do you need to spend the most time and energy to feel most fulfilled?
We’ve gathered some of our favorite work-life balance quotes to help inspire and empower you to go after the work-life balance you deserve.
If you’re stuck feeling like:
- I’m overwhelmed with bills.
- Work-life balance is a “luxury” I can’t afford.
- My company won’t allow me to work flexibly.
- I won’t be as productive or happy if I try to “do too much.”
It’s time to expel those thoughts. Because they’re just thoughts. When you take a deep look at them, you realize they’re not rooted in reality. They’re the fear of missing out on something, when, in fact, you’re already missing out on the life you want.
In reality, work-life balance helps you be more productive, make more money, and have more time to be successful in all areas of your life.
Work-life balance is for everyone. Work-life balance is for you.
Below are our 15 favorite quotes about work-life balance to keep you inspired to prioritize according to your values.
“Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being.”
– Orison Swett Marden, founder of SUCCESS magazine
“We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance.”
– Dr. Kathleen Hall, stress expert
“You have to balance your passions, not your time.”
– Lisa Sugar, founder of PopSugar
“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”
– Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
– Charles Buxton, English philanthropist, writer, politician, and brewer
“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
– Gary Keller, founder of Keller Williams Realty International
“Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work.”
– Rasheed Ogunlaru, life coach
“A time for everything: a time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie, “The Philosopher Of Happiness”
“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.”
– Heather Schuck, author of “The Working Mom Manifesto”
“You’re probably wondering what I mean by ‘The Pillars of Your Life,’ right? Well this is simple. It’s the things that make your life what it is. The things or people that make you, you. There’s work, family, your hobby, your art, and your traditions. Except some of us have wonky pillars. Some of us give one pillar too much to hold, and the others not enough. One’s too tall, whilst the others are too small. Therefore we become unstable, and sometimes everything comes crashing down.”
– S.R. Crawford, author of “My Suffering: 25 Ways To Break The Chains Of Anxiety, Depression, & Stress”
Learn how to reduce your stress at work here.
“Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful.”
– Alexander Kjerulf, “The Chief Happiness Officer”
“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own to-do list.”
– Michelle Obama
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”
– Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post
“When you’re gone, would you rather have your gravestone say, ‘He never missed a meeting’? Or one that said, ‘He was a great father.’”
– Steve Blank, author of “The Startup Owner’s Manual”
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
– Dolly Parton
Work-life balance is up to YOU!
How will you build your balance?
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