- December 2, 2016
- Posted by: Dale W. Vernon
- Category: Communication, Education, Listening, Parenting, Self-evaluation, Values
It’s funny how things happen. You write a book and automatically people believe you’ve got all the answers. The most common question I get is about achieving work-life balance and how I do it.
My answer is simple — I don’t because I don’t believe there is a balance. I think of it more as a teeter-totter (Remember the good old days?!). Sometimes work just has to the be the focus and you’ve got to devote a great amount of time towards it. It’s your responsibility, and others are relying on you to get it done. Simply, it’s got to get done and that teeter-totter is slammed to the ground and there is no balance.
But with those times also come times where you have the ability to devote a little more time to family and, well, you need to do that in order to find that equilibrium in your life. In that case, that teeter-totter can tilt to the other end. When those opportunities arise, you need to make family your priority. Balance is difficult, if not impossible, but achieving work-life balance is critical.
It is important that you and your spouse develop an understanding that, at times, work has to be a priority and that you will commit to making the family a priority for at least as much time as you commit to work. Achieving work-life balance is difficult, but can’t be ignored. And, if you have it all figured out, please call me — I want to learn your secret.
Find out how the work-life teeter-totter leads to a similar seesaw in your relationship with your spouse by reading The Seesaw of Relationships and Achieving Work-Life Balance (Part 2).
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