There's a direct correlation between rest, relaxation and rejuvenation, and a jump in creativity, productivity and better results. We need a chance to rest and focus on activities, emotions and pursuits outside of work. Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man's being. Obtaining this work-life balance doesn't just benefit our personal life, it benefits our capability at work as well.
As Heather Schuck says, "You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life." Just as personal issues affect your relationships, they equally affect your work life. Personal development is key.
Alexander goes on to say, "The path to happiness at work starts with a simple decision: You must want to be happy. If you don't commit to being happy at work, you won't be. You won't make the choices that make you happy. You won't take the actions needed to get there. You won't change the things that need to change. Happiness at work is about building your skills and your energy to fix the problems, and to create more and more positive experiences." (Read Happy Hour is 9 to 5.)
As Betsy Jacobson said, "Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices."
The best work isn't work at all, it's what you want to do.
If we all lived in a world where there was no sense of urgency, where everything went according to plan and you had plenty of time to have fun, what would that be like? While this may be a rather enjoyable vision, life just doesn't go that way for most people. What if you could live like that though - and actually achieve the 'work-life balance' that everyone is so keen on these days. Continues...
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