Which life philosophy do you subscribe to? There’s really no right or wrong answer here but knowing which camp you fall into can definitely help guide decisions when it comes to work-life balance.
What it really all comes down to is your personal values which dictate your priorities in life. There are big values and smaller values. Big values are values that you absolutely will not budge on; they’re deal-breakers. Small values are important but ones you’re more willing to bend if necessary. Do you know what your big values are? Do you know what values you’re willing to compromise on?
I am a work-to-live person. While I love health and wellness coaching and find it very rewarding working with my clients to improve their health, there is more to life for me than my work. It also helps that when I’m at my best, I can do my best work which my clients will directly benefit from. I love to travel and explore new places. I love spending time with family and friends. I love to learn and can easily get caught up in a book and disappear from the world for a week. This is not to say that I don’t love my work as a health and wellness coach, it’s just not my whole life. Is this you too? What do you love to do outside of your 9-5?
Now you may be a live-to-work person. Some people love what they do so much that their lives revolve around it and I can definitely respect that. Some people are making a major impact on the world as we know it because of this. Their passion for their work and its impact is a major driver of life satisfaction for them which is what makes it all worthwhile in their eyes.
The thing is, we only have so much time and energy to devote to what we deem important. Something’s got to give. So make sure you’re spending that time and energy according to your values and priorities. The first step is knowing what those are.
Work-life balance is a delicate dance but knowing what’s most important to you can help determine which aspect of life deserves a larger chunk of your time and attention.
What are your big values?
Let me know in the comments!