The definition of the term “Work-life balance” is different for different people. What works for you might not work for another person as well. This has led to many myths in general.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, work-life balance is defined as “the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy.”
Today we are going to debunk the top 6 common myths that people have regarding Work-life balance that lowers productivity.
Hours Worked = Productivity
This is one of the biggest myths. The concept that working 11- or 12 hours every day means you are more productive is completely irrational. If we actually do the time division of work, more than 80% of the work we do is very non-productive.
Plus no one can work 12 hours efficiently. Remove 80% of the emails that are a complete waste of time, the endless and pointless meetings, and the hundreds of other distractions, you’re left with a few hours of meaningful efficient work.
Some individuals believe that dividing their time into equal parts will help them find balance, however, this is not the case. You can’t give equal time to every task every day. There will be times when few tasks will require more time and energy.
Rather than forcing yourself to compartmentalize your life, give yourself enough time to focus on your immediate challenges. If you’re working on a project with a tight deadline, you might have to work extra hours.
Time management is the key
This concept of time management is fundamentally flawed. Most of the time management practices we hold in high regard were developed before we were all connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Rather than trying to do everything, concentrate on the most critical tasks and manage your energy and attention throughout the day to get the most out of your time.
Technology is a savior
No doubt automating things has made life much easier. However, there is no guarantee that it will add extra hours to your day. The reality is technology will always assist but it can’t do everything for you.
For example, you can put a chatbot on your website and AI will assist your customers with basic questions but you’ll need to talk with them as well.
Yes, scheduling helps but you don’t have to schedule every single minute. It’s impractical, and it brings more pressure to an already stressful situation. Rather take thing as it comes.
According to a study it’s seen people are happier when things are spontaneous. While it is a good idea to keep the calendar organized but make sure to not overdo it.
Less work means more happiness
Just because you can finish all of your work within 19 hours doesn’t imply you’ll be happy. The truth is it never matters how many hours you are working. Quality and quantity of work you have put into the work matter more than anything else.
When are you passionate about something you never count the hours. So make sure you are doing something you love.
These are all the major myths that can hinder your work-life balance. If you are aiming for a great work-life balance, make sure to give yourself time to recharge and do something else for a change. And also don’t be too hard on yourself.
Tip for the Fortnight
Always Look for ‘Lessons Learned’. Both successes and failures have root causes. When things go right, it’s easy to assume your own natural talent is the reason — but dig deeper.
Widen your investigation to all the inputs that led to the success or failure, and then develop your thoughts with structure. This is the key to avoiding future mistakes and delivering repeatable results.
I got to feature Prof. Pete Alexander and we talked about realistic approaches to stress management. There’s a bonus tool waiting for you, so don’t miss out.
Still here? Great. You made it to the end. YAYY!!