Jack Welch, former CEO of GE once remarked “There’s no such thing as work / life balance. There are work / life choices; you make them and they have consequences”
In the Spring edition of the New England Human Resource Association (NEHRA) publication contributor Dan Henry cited a Mayo Clinic research study that the causes of this “imbalance” was rooted in the following:
- International Presence
- Advances in Technology
- Longer Hours
- Changes in Family Roles
Whatever the theory and whether you are running your own business or working for somebody else, all too often it does feel overwhelming and consuming. The push for financial success and personal sacrifice has become standard. For all the reason listed above its not getting any better and personal lives are suffering.
If you are burning the candle at both ends and unhappy, what can be done?
Step 1 – Awareness
The first place to start is to recognize that you have a challenge and wish to do something about it. Awareness precedes change and is truly half the battle. Once you begin to embrace the idea that there is a better way, your mind becomes open to the possibility and opportunities will present themselves.
Step 2 – Choice
When you recognize that something needs to change you must accept that priorities need to be established, decisions need to be made and the implications of your actions understood. With each action comes a reaction and therefore establishing some boundaries to the choices you will make are important.
Step 3 – Action
It is now time to step up to the plate and do something. Action speaks louder than words and these challenges can only be met head on with taking control and committing to doing something about it.