Work/life balance is challenging to fit into a single definition because it means different things to different people, industries and cultures. Regardless of the definition, most agree there are fundamental risks and benefits associated with the balance or imbalance of work and life. Risks include poor health, unresolved conflict, decreased performance and even financial loss whereas benefits, include stronger relationships, greater physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, a sense of fulfillment and greater productivity.
Some argue that working more hours equates to greater productivity as an end result. Not so. While working additional hours may initially increase production, the up-tick will last but a few weeks before productivity is negatively impacted. Working long hours for extended periods of time or staying constantly connected to work (via cell phones, computers or even “in your head”) leads to exhaustion, unhealthy habits and decreased productivity. Oh, and did we mention increased stress?
The Productivity Ninja integrates a variety of tactics in pursuit of work life balance, creating great systems, taking short, frequent Pomodoro breaks, letting go of perfectionism, practicing stealth & camouflage and being ruthless in limiting time-wasting activities or people.
Curious to explore a bit more?
- Need confirmation that a bit more balance is something to seek? Take a peek at 5 Signs You Might Be a Workaholic.
- How do you define work/life balance? Let us know @thinkprodusa
- Check out how 12 People Define Work-Life Balance in 1 Sentence
- How is your work/life balance? Here’s a quiz to give you insight.
- In need of a “Second Brain”; one of our favorite “life management” applications is Nozbe
- Integrate 10 minutes of meditation/day to reduce stress & improve clarity; here’s a great post to get you started.