3 Tips for Creating Work-Life Balance In The New Year.
How to live life with passion while also getting things done
Before the Covid pandemic hit, one of the most commonly researched concepts was Work-life balance. This refers to having enough time for work and enough time to have a fulfilling personal life.
I have always been intrigued by the ideas of the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. He observed in 1906 that for many phenomena, 20% of invested energy is responsible for 80% of the results. This important statistic reflects the value of conserving and balancing physical, mental, and spiritual resources as a means of reducing struggle, and suffering.
These are 3 tips I took from him and others I have studied.
- Learn the difference between what you want and what you need.
- The first thing you need to do each day is a simple personal discipline such as yoga, tai chi, prayers, meditation, and such.
- As you begin your workday focus on something that is emotionally fulfilling.
Doing these 3 things can add great meaning to your life.
In the late 1970s, I read the research of Professor Robert Karasek of the University of Lowell (now known as the University of Massachusetts Lowell). He had developed a method for analyzing stress-producing factors in the workplace and I was working at that time as a stress management consultant. Today, Karasek’s research has been widely employed to examine workplace pressures and their relationship with research data on coronary heart disease, musculoskeletal illnesses, psychological strain, and absenteeism. Karasek’s research showed that in situations where high demands and low control were forced on an individual the unwanted and unpleasant stress of work and other situations can become almost unbearable.
The 1980s brought new complaints of work-life balance related stress. This time period was given such names as “the age of narcissism,” “the pursuit of loneliness,” and “the ME generation.” The number of cases of emotional depression in the United States was believed to have doubled between 1970 and 1990 and has greatly increased since then.
I have observed that those who master conserving and leveraging resources such as time, space, emotional energy, etc., experience less unnecessary struggle than those who do not. Defining your strengths and learning to conserve them and apply them effectively and efficiently is not a simple exercise. This is a constant process that requires the ability to leverage different resources. Conservation and balance is a discipline that is innate but often repressed or ignored in exchange for short term gain and immediate gratification. Once an individual has committed to what I like to call the Wisdom Path, a life based on love, wisdom, and common sense, this idea of consistent conservation and balance becomes as natural as breathing. Of course, conserving and balancing is a step-by-step process. Each step requires a distinct awareness. If you are not wisdom-conscious and have not transcended attachment to short-term gratification, you can take this concept, which is a path to freedom, and turn it into a rigid, mental prison.
The less your attachment to old ways of thinking, dogma, and short term gratification, the less unnecessary struggle you will experience. It is often said that “anything done in moderation is not destructive” but that, of course, isn’t necessarily so. Moderate self-destructive behavior is nevertheless self-destructive. If you understand the value of conserving resources, you may still have difficulty balancing them, especially if in this process of conservation you are motivated by pride, vanity, ambition, and hunger to own more and more or experience greater and greater pleasure at any cost. Unfortunately, those who delude themselves by acting in destructive ways don’t know who they are, where they are, where they are going, where they have been, or the cost they are bound to pay.
A person in this state may push things to the point of excess and claim they are being moderate. Unfortunately, this way of thinking and living, more often than not, leads to an unpleasant end. Understanding conservation and balance is not just a philosophical issue. It is connected to an individual’s ability to survive. It is only the immature, unaware, arrogant, greedy, or emotionally unbalanced person that struggles with this concept. In the end, he or she is the first to succumb in a dangerous, toxic, or stressful environment and financial collapse is not far behind.
Author: Lewis Harrison is a practical philosopher, best-selling author, and the former host of a talk radio show on an NPR affiliated station in NY. He has a passion for the application of game theory in decision-making, problem-solving, and personal development His website is AskLewis.com
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