I have often worked with individuals looking for a more healthy work-life balance and one of the things that we end up doing is discussing the language that we use in our day-to-day life.  When we talk about work-life balance we are suggesting that our work and our life are separate elements that need to be balanced out somehow in order to achieve some sort of personal homeostasis. But in reality, how many of us work purely for fun and how many of us work because we need the money to pay our bills, or we work because we need to keep busy, or we work because we feel a commitment towards our responsibilities.

For most of us, our work IS part of our life and to separate it psychologically makes no sense. If we are lucky enough to love our work, then that is a key part of who we are. If we work because we need to pay our bills, then our work is obviously a huge part of our life and a massive driver for our behaviour. Similarly, if we are working to achieve some other responsibilities, then that too is a reflection on who we are as individuals. So for me, there is no such thing as work-life balance, because our work cannot be separated from our life. There is only who we are and what we do. There is only life-balance.

So, when was the last time you actually took a step back and took a good look at your life balance? And when you look at all of the relevant elements of your life: your work responsibilities, your domestic situation, your friends, your family, your hobbies, your beliefs, your passions and everything else that makes you who you are, are they in a healthy balance or do find that the scales of your life currently tip towards one or two elements to the exclusion of the others? When you look at the situation are you happy with your life or does it need a rebalance? If so, what changes are you going to make…