066: Work Life Integration VS Balance

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Work-life balance is a popular term that was coined approx 40 years ago Work-life balance has been used in the context of needing more time to develop personally outside of the workplace be it through vacation or quality time with family I myself have gravitated towards using the term work-life integration instead of work-life balance In my experience I ve never sensed the opposition between work and life I ve been happiest and most productive when the two facets of my life are in harmony synergistic Most picture work-life balance as a literal scale weighing your options almost creating a sense of competition between the two activities Integration is a different perspective that tackles the problem with a unique approach In the modern age especially in the COVID era it s no wonder why work-life integration has become so popular How could you draw a line between work and life while you re on a Zoom in your kitchen with your kid screaming their head off grabbing at your leg or your dog jumping up on your lap to steal the spotlight There s no need to teeter on the edge of a sensible work-life balance the LINE IS GONE and the data shows it s probably not coming back Quote IMAGINE LIFE AS A GAME IN WHICH YOU ARE JUGGLING SOME FIVE BALLS IN THE AIR YOU NAME THEM WORK FAMILY HEALTH FRIENDS AND SPIRIT AND YOU RE KEEPING ALL OF THESE IN THE AIR YOU WILL SOON UNDERSTAND THAT WORK IS A RUBBER BALL IF YOU DROP IT IT WILL BOUNCE BACK BUT THE OTHER FOUR BALLS ARE MADE OF GLASS IF YOU DROP ONE OF THESE THEY WILL BE IRREVOCABLY SCUFFED MARKED NICKED DAMAGED OR EVEN SHATTERED THEY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THAT AND STRIVE FOR BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE Brian Dyson Balance is still a necessary component of work-life integration Work-life integration makes the steady balancing act possible Balance is simply the equal distribution between the various supporting elements of life we ve discussed so far in this episode work family health education personal development etc When all parts of your life are in harmony and work towards a greater quality of life there s no difference between work-life balance and work-life integration If you feel fulfilled in life it s likely that you ve struck the ideal balance or for my foodies out there that you ve crafted the perfect recipe with the best blend of ingredients for success and happiness If we become so accustomed almost programmed to immediately respond to the URGENT we ll always be distracted and consumed with what seems to be a pressing work matter Is it REALLY that pressing https mruddo comClick here to visit this podcast episode