WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS A MYTH AND DOESN’T EXIST.
It’s important for each of us to have some balance, at certain times in our lives; just not a work-life balance.
By default; work-life balance suggests that we balance up the amount of time we spend at work with the amount of time we spend doing everything else.
The phrase work-life balance started to be used in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s; a similar time to the Sony Walkman, the first Nintendo, the Apple 2 Computer and the Rubik’s Cube.
How many of these are still in circulation today (and who has time to play with a Rubik’s Cube)?
The purpose of the phrase was to emphasise and remind people that the working week was Monday to Friday; and that the weekends were a time to relax, recharge and enjoy time with family, friends or for doing hobbies.
This was a time when retail outlets didn’t open on a Sunday, people acquired knowledge by reading books and going to the library and if you wanted to speak to your friends you had to ask your parents if you could use the home telephone.
The internet hadn’t arrived, people didn’t really take work home with them and television was the main source of entertainment in the home.
Fast forward to now; 2018.
Advancements in technology mean that today we are connected to everything and everyone (if we choose to be) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Communication has evolved from writing and telephone into email, messaging, texts, audio and video.
As we all know, there are both benefits and considerations as a result of these advancements.
There is however, no benefit to having a work-life balance.
A recent article found in Quartz at Work;
If you’ve mastered work-life balance, congratulations. You’re rested, healthy, fit, friendly, dependable, and measured. Also, you’re probably a bit boring, lacking in intensity, and possibly not too good at any of the many things you manage to do in small doses.
Balance is overrated.
At Ignite our first step is to help you understand your own Perfect Imbalance.
Be warned, it’s not for everyone.
Our research shows that it’s ideal for those people who;
Don’t work a typical Monday – Friday 9-5.
Take work home outside of their paid hours (emails, proposals, projects etc).
Find themselves spinning lots of plates or juggling priorities.
Have a lack of time for the other areas of their life
Once we’ve helped you understand your own Perfect Imbalance, the next stage is working with you to determine the areas of your balance that you want to change.
Following the discovery stage we support you with application, the making changes in your life stage.
The results show that living a life of Perfect Imbalance will;
Improve your well-being and overall happiness
Increase your level of achievement and success
Reduce your anxiety and stress levels
Lead to a sense of greater fulfilment in your life
The Perfect Imbalance Podcast provides weekly inspiration and new rules for achieving success, happiness and greater fulfilment in your life.
Each week a different guest is interviewed from the world of business, well-being and entrepreneurship.
Previous guests include; Fergus Connolly, Lindsay Woodford, Kriss Akabusi, Kim Ingleby, Damian Hughes, Kirsty Mac, Bri Seeley and Mike Pegg.
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So you’ve got your balance sorted but you want help in other areas?
Unlike other Learning and Development companies we don’t claim to be good at everything.
We focus on a few areas and do them bloody well!
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