My description of work life blend would be five parts work, seven parts family thrown into a blender and push high. As I watch the blender spin the contents around almost as fast as my head does, I wonder; is this what Work Life Blend is really about? Are we supposed to be in a constant state of existing in one place while thinking of the other?
Feeling unsatisfied with my description or results of this recipe that has become routine for many of us, I set off on a Google hunt to discover if this perfect blend is supposed to taste like a fresh cup of daily brew or a soda that has been left open in the fridge for days.
For some base to my material, family life never ends. On the other hand, a work week usually averages 40 hours. This has been the practice since about 1866 when the idea of an eight-hour workday was first initiated. In 1940 the Fair Labor Standards Act produced results in committing to this. So, we’ve had since 1940 to figure out how to blend these two parts of life together. This is not an easy task when we are seeking to separate two things that randomly ever have a fine line between them. Then you take into consideration that life has changed. We are constantly plugged in and connected to everything, so there is no ability to compartmentalize. Life is constantly throwing curves; keeping the two lives separate is almost impossible. Below are some helpful tips you might take into consideration when trying to achieve and enjoy a Work Life Blend:
Your perfect mix is yours, not anyone else’s. What makes you happy might grow horns on another. Keep this in mind when making your rules.
Quit measuring your time. You can’t continually measure everything you do trying to keep balance and serenity.
Know what you do well. Always stay true to the core of your happiness.
Change things up. Your blend can change at any time. One week might include more work; the next might have more family events planned! Don’t write your rules in cement.
Find great meaning to every day achievement through work, family, friends and self. Don’t just rely on yourself for all your happiness.
Find something that you can achieve every day and enjoy every day. One without the other may leave you feeling like you need more or you didn’t accomplish something valuable that day.
Remember, trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of your work and personal activities is unrealistic – and unrewarding! Life should be more fluid than that. There is no perfect one-size fits all. No matter how your blend ends up, no one is going to be able to judge the flavor you came up with that is your own personal recipe of life. Just remember to take a few moments each day to enjoy the pieces of both of your worlds and taste the goodness of each!
Note: Some information from this article was taken from Success.com and Worklifeblanace.com
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