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Question: Where can I learn more about work-life balance?
For me, it’s not so much a question of balance between work and life as an overall sense of balance across the different aspects of life to keep myself challenged and fulfilled; earning enough money, spending time alone and with friends and family, eating well and staying fit, learning new skills and having new experiences, and taking time off to relax.
The first step towards achieving this kind of balance is to define what is important for you; that is, your own definition of what you need to balance in order to feel fulfilment in your life.
- One approach to defining what matters to you is , the most important and meaningful priorities in your life ahead of all the other little tasks and distractions.
- Arianna Huffington identifies four pillars required in order to : wellbeing, wonder, wisdom and giving.
- In another great book The Power of Full Engagement ( ), on managing energy, not time, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz talk about a balance between four energies: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Whether you think in terms of rocks or pillars or energies, or something completely different, it’s important that you review your priorities regularly. ‘Balance’ is inherently an ongoing activity, not just a one-off: you need to continue to experiment with a little more of this, a little less of that…
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