February 9, 2017
Throughout my professional career, work-life balance has always been a common topic of discussion; even in college, it was one of the most common talking points for my peers and I while we searched for internships and full time jobs. At the time, I recall interpreting work-life balance to mean “spending an equal amount of time outside of work as you do at work”. However, now that I have a few solid years of experience under my belt, I realize that work life balance is a more complex concept.
Don’t get me wrong – in my personal opinion, if you’re working 80 hours a week every week of the year, and you’re not running your own business, you should really reevaluate your priorities. However, if you’re working 50-60 hours a week during tax season, I think it’s important to keep certain things in perspective. I like to put on my “entrepreneur hat” and thinking about it this way: if I were in charge of my own business, would I want to be doing what I’m doing now? Everyone has to work, especially if you have a family that needs the support of your income; but if you’re doing work that doesn’t resonate with your personality and values, I don’t believe you’re really spending your time efficiently – and after all, what’s more valuable that time?
Find something you care about – a product, a service that helps people, teaching someone something new – and decide that you’re the owner of the good that’s being provided. You may be paid to represent someone else’s brand, but think about the value of your own brand. Allow yourself to become passionate about the work you do. I truly believe that until you can find something to be passionate about, and allow yourself to be passionate about it, you’ll never truly find that perfect balance between work and life. At the end of the day, I believe that work-life balance is not about dividing your time evenly between work and play – it’s about finding work that adds value to the life you were already living in as many respects as possible.