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Work-life integration instead of work-life balance

I do not believe in work-life balance. It insinuates one is bad, either work or life, and that the bad one needs to be kept at bay. It means I am happy when I do the one (work or life) and unhappy when I do the other one. I see it differently, life and work is one. Life gives meaning to work while work is an expression of life. The more you live fully, the more your work grows. The more your work grows, the more opportunity you have to express your full self. Thus I propose rather that we aim for work-life integration where they are interdependent. Work-life integration has so many advantages. You feel energised because you are doing your life’s work. You have more than just motivation, you have inspiration. You see how everything you do helps to grow your life and your work. Think of how your personal relationships will grow when you are happy doing what you do. Impulsive eating and other unhealthy habits should also disappear. You are energised right through the day and not only when do one thing. Work constitutes one-third of your life if not more in modern times, why should that one-third of your life be a bad thing? That leaves two-thirds, one for sleeping and one for life? What life is that? One where we hide from the bad “work wolf” that we think will eat our time and our happiness. There is a place for work-life balance If you hate what you do, if you are demotivated and you drag yourself to work every day,  I recommend you go for work-life balance. But hey, let’s be serious for a moment. It was your choice. It is not that you have someone with a shotgun or whip walking behind you on your way to work. Nope, you are moving those legs yourself. You are in control Either you can flip the happiness switch, work-life integration or you can flip the unhappiness switch, work-life balance. It will not be an event. It will be a gradual movement towards it. This is what I do in LIfe Design for Business Owners. I do this work with my clients over a period of time because you have to undo many habits, change many processes in your business and start to design this integration. Just ask yourself, if you aim for work-life balance because you are trying to keep your work at bay. How much energy are you expending doing this and how long will you be able to keep it up? Now ask yourself. If life and work both bring you pleasure functioning as one, how would you health, personal relationships, energy, focus and success look like? Stop working on other people’s dreams and build your own. Aim for work-life integration and start doing your life’s work today.

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Willem Gous

12 Jan, 2017

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