Why Work Life Balance Is A Unicorn
Work Life Balance is extinct.
Compartmentalization is so last year.
The concept used to be a Venn Diagram with the left circle representing your professional life, the right circle your personal life and the overlap the “balance.”
Now your life is just one big circle, a.k.a. Work Life Integration.
If you’re unhappy at work, you’re unhappy in life (and vice versa).
That doesn’t necessarily mean follow your passion (although nothing’s wrong with it). It means focus on your desired lifestyle and find a career to support it.
Job turnover isn’t just a Millennial thing. It’s reality moving forward.
Admit it. You’re most likely not going to work your current job for the rest of your lifetime (the benefits aren’t that great right?), so job-hopping becomes the norm.
Blame it on the following reasons: Boredom. Multi-Passionate. Uncertainty.
But the biggest reason: Life Stage.
If someone asks me how I feel about entrepreneurship now vs. when I started (almost 10 years ago) my response is: I’m married and have 2 kids.
It doesn’t mean I don’t love being my own boss anymore. It means my family is more important.
So using the lifestyle analogy, I’ll stick with being an entrepreneur as long as it supports me financially enough to control how much time I spend with my family.
Your career (and life too) goes through seasons of change.
Balance isn’t achieved by being proactive.
The tension between battling priorities in your life sharpens your choices.
Choose what’s most important to you based on the most valuable currency: time.
That’s no myth.