This past Saturday, I came across this HubSpot blog post. HubSpot shared a compilation of eight TED talks that all centralize around one theme: work-life balance. Does it exist? If it does, how do we balance it? Should we balance it?
I urge everyone to watch them all in their entirety. They each offer profound insights, and hopefully will shift the way you an employer or you an employee thinks. They certainly were empowering for me, as well as solidified some ideas I felt guilty about having… and how I shouldn’t feel guilty. Like:
I feel guilty when I leave the office at 5:00 and I see 75% of my colleagues working away at their computers. But, I feel guilty for a second, or at least until the elevator doors close. The guilt is leaving behind people I like, or that I’m thought of as someone who doesn’t do her share of work. It’s an old movie script that plays in my head, the feeling ‘less than’, but taking a step outside of my movie, I know that what effort and energy I put into the day was my best and utmost, and that’s all I can offer up. My time outside of work is too valuable. And so, I am pretty strict about my work boundaries. Not to mention, if I don’t have plans made with a friend or two, I definitely have commitments to working out, and then at least one commitment a week to attending a spiritually enlightening class. So, it really is necessary for me to maintain these boundaries.
The talks share what should be juggled in order to feel fulfilled and happy, they include maintaining the following: relationships, hobbies, health, spirituality, and work. So you see, my boundaries in place allow me to work on all of the above in order to feel fulfilled. Not to mention, if I’m happy, I’m a better employee.
Too often too, I see people stay late, what’s an extra 30 minutes, one hour? Two? But what are you left with when your commute is over and you’re finally home? Time to take the dog out for a pee and to have a late dinner… and perhaps a poor quality one because you’re just too tired to cook. And what does all this time add up to in the end? Possibly poor relationships, poor health, minimal personal growth because hobbies and the self aren’t developed or worked on.