Do You Know the Secret to Work Life Harmony?

Do you feel like you have zero work-life balance?

Do you struggle to evenly divide your career and life so that everything gets “equal attention?”

If so, you’re not alone.

According to a study by Family Living Today, the United States ranks 30 out of 38 countries in achieving work-life balance. In fact, over 66% of those surveyed believe they’re missing that healthy balance in their lives.

Uncover the simple secret to work life harmony

Do You Know the Secret to Work Life Harmony?

Now if I’m honest, I can’t say that I’m surprised.

With so many of us juggling work, family, a side hustle, friendships, volunteering, and (ideally!) daily self-care, the idea of a 50/50 split between work and life seems a bit unrealistic.

And you know what? I’m okay with that.

You: WHAT?!

Me: Hear me out.

The Answer is Work Life Harmony

As a woman who wears many different hats, I’ve come to understand that a perfect balance between work and life is not only unrealistic, it’s also not what I want.

Rather, I aim for what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos terms “work-life harmony.”

As Bezos explains, work and life are more like a circle than a balance. “If I am happy at home,” Bezos notes, “I come into the office with tremendous energy… And if I am happy at work, I come home with tremendous energy.”

In other words, there is not a “strict trade-off” between work and life. Instead, we should tend to whichever bucket needs filling at that moment.

I can certainly get behind this mentality, but what does it mean specifically? How we create that harmony both at work and at home?

Do you know the secret to work life harmony

How Do We Create This Harmony?

For me, it means that I allow for more fluidity in my schedule; some days consist of longer work hours, others focus entirely on family and friends, while still others place self-care in the foreground.

And while I try to strike a relatively even balance overall, I also stay in tune with myself. Some days I have long open stretches of time for work. I’m in the zone, I have total focus, and I plow through a ton of projects with ease.

Other days, however, I seek rest. My mind needs a break from that intense focus, and so I turn instead to relaxation and/or connection with others.

Now, if you’re a work-a-holic (or recovering work-a-holic) like I am, it can be hard to slow down and actually listen to your body. Instead, you get wrapped up in the work-work-work mentality and ignore your body’s requests to slow down and rest.

Scheduling Your Work and Life

If this sounds like you, then I highly recommend scheduling in your “life” hours.

Literally, pull out your calendar (or use this workbook!) and decide when you will spend time with friends, when you will read that book you want to finish, and when you will fit in your yoga sessions.

What’s more, make sure that you schedule those “life” hours first, before you schedule work.

Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Fill up first before you start pouring out for others. 

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Once you have your schedule set, make sure you stick with it – especially the self-care and “life” sections.

Speaking from experience, it will be tempting to put these activities aside for longer work hours. I challenge you, however, to follow through on them. Treat these activities in your calendar just as you would a non-negotiable appointment for work.

Why?

For a few reasons.

First of all, your body needs the rest.

But perhaps less obviously, when you uphold those “life” appointments to spend time with friends, family, and actually relax, you grow more in tune with your personal needs; you begin to recognize the specific balance of work and life that you need.

By uncovering these specific patterns in your personal work-life harmony you understand the ideal blend that you require to perform at your best.

Make sense?

Awesome! Then I challenge you to give this a try for the next two weeks.

Snag your work life harmony workbook here and uncover a schedule that’s perfect for you!

Let’s do this!

Question:

How do you practice work life harmony? Do you schedule your “life” appointments? Let me know below!

44 thoughts on “Do You Know the Secret to Work Life Harmony?”

  1. That workbook looks awesome! Achieving work life harmony is critical. I love the idea of keeping it fluid and tending to whatever needs tending to that day.

  2. I love these ideas and this mentality of work life harmony! I think it’s so important to focus on what we need to, when we need to. I try to stick with a schedule, helps me become more organized, less stressed and helps me focus on the tasks at hand.

    Kileen

  3. Working from home, I found it really difficult to find the perfect work/life balance to start with. But over the years I’ve definitely got better at it. I still think I could improve even more though. I’m most definitely not perfect 🙂

    Louise x

  4. I was just visiting with a friend about how there is no such thing as balance. Something always has to give. I’m eager to work through your work-life harmony worksheets.

  5. I totally agree, if I don’t schedule schedule schedule, nothing happens…way less wasted time with a little planning!

  6. Thanks for this one Paula, as always your advice is so on point. I know I’ve been working too much and just the push I need to focus more on life too.

  7. I struggle with my home/work life balance. I find myself working all the time and the thought of wasting my time doing something for myself doesn’t make much sense to me. But I’m working on it!

    1. Ack, I’m sorry to hear that, Marta! It takes practice – that’s for sure! I still battle with it, too. But it gets easier with practice 🙂

  8. I love this idea that being happy with your work lets you be happier at home and vice versa. Granted I work from home but I will say when work is going well, I’m not as stressed when I’m with my husband and kids and can enjoy them more.

  9. I find that (especially since I’ve started working from home), that finding the ideal work-life balance has been tough to establish. These are all great tips to help me achieve that with a bit more ease, so thank you!

  10. YES!!! I totally agree with this and talk about it as fluid priorities… what is it that I need to focus on for that time or season. Great perspective.

  11. Balance is so key when working at home. I always like to take breaks. such a great read.

  12. I absolutely love the idea behind this balance and it follows pretty closely with how I manage my time and obligations! I schedule all the things…fun, self-care, family and work stuff. Makes it easier and more reliable for me to sticks to everything I need, and want, to do.

  13. I have been struggle with the work-life balance, more so during the summer. With me working from home, I have a difficult time scheduling my time to work around my kids’ needs and wants. Next summer I will be taking better control over this because I will be more prepared!

  14. A good balance between work and home is always a tough one to not only figure out but keep! I like the idea of them working together instead of against each other.

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