I can’t remember when was the last time I took a holiday.
A holiday is a luxury when you work for yourself.
Especially when trying to pick up yourself from one failed business and build a new one.
Plus lots of debt to pay!
Many say a regular break is essential to stay productive.
There’s this thing called work-life balance lots of people seem to be obsessed with.
The truth is I’m not keen on a work-life balance thing.
It might sound funny. But I love working. I always have.
Love having goals, sweating over them and ticking off as achievements (or failures).
I have many goals. They give me meaning and direction.
When I get obsessed with something, the line between work and life gets blurry.
So work-life balance is one topic I wouldn’t advocate in the way many others do in the personal development field.
When you start your career or want to build your own business, it’s inevitable work demands a fair amount of your time.
Still, you feel alive more than ever with a great sense of fulfilment, getting your feet wet or building something out of nothing.
You do so voluntarily and happily with a sense of devotion. You hardly feel stressed or too busy.
What it tells me then is a work/life balance is really about job satisfaction.
My job used to cause me stress.
I couldn’t switch off after work, thinking about what I could’ve done more or should’ve done differently.
I dreaded to go to work in the morning. Detested the backstabbing working environment.
A holiday was bliss, a reset button to release negative energy enough to last until the next holiday!
Now doing my own thing, I do constantly think about my work.
But it never causes stress.
Instead, I get excited. I sleep so deep each night. Can’t wait to start my day every morning.
The contrast makes me realise that needing a break or dreaming about perfect work-life balance may have a lot to do with job satisfaction than anything else.
I’ve always admired people who are so passionate about what they do and often forget the time passing.
I’d dreamed to find such passion and lose myself in it.
Even with my not so happy but demanding job, I didn’t wish for work-life balance or more break.
I desperately wished to find my own obsession.
A passion that so many people seem to easily find.
If you feel you desperately need work-life balance, it could be because you don’t feel fulfilled with your current role.
Begin a passion project outside work. It’ll bring you positive energy back to your life.
Who knows where your passion project will lead you…
Making a Living…
If our work is primarily to make a living, pursuing work-life balance makes sense.
After the basic necessities are covered, there isn’t so much incentive to put in more hours.
You’d rather “live” more, spend time with friends and family.
You’d dream retirement, sipping a cocktail on a hot exotic beach.
But if work is also your passion, even after the basic living essentials are covered, you would still devote your time to it because that’s what you love doing more than anything.
Win the Lottery. Dump Your Job?
If you won the lottery, would you dump your job immediately?
If your answer is yes, I’ll hazard the guess that you’re a big advocate for work-life balance. ha!
It also means though that your search for passion is not done yet.
When to Take a Break
Of course, no matter how much you love your job, you ought to be clever about how much your body can take.
There’s a difference between real badass stress and healthy stress.
When you have the former and don’t give yourself a suitable rest, it can take its toll on you.
You find it hard to switch off after work. You can’t sleep. Get snappy and angry at little things, being easily irritated.
You frequently make mistakes or can’t get fully engaged in what you do. Feel tired all the time.
These are signs of stress overload.
Your brain is signalling you to take a break.
Listen to your body signal – mental and physical state that tells you to take a break.
If you long for work-life balance, think about your job satisfaction.
Or experiment with something new in your spare time and look for a passion project.
Something you’d be so passionate about you’d continue to be doing whether you hit the jackpot or not.
I bet you won’t so much think about work-life balance then.
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