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Why You’re NOT Going to Find Work-Life Balance

Why You’re NOT Going to Find Work-Life Balance

The biggest issue people have when trying to schedule their upcoming week is they are attempting to bring this “Work-Life Balance” theory into the realm of reality.

The thing is, this “Work-Life Balance” notion is a completely hypothetical theory – and not a fact-based practice. Believe it or not, motivational speakers can make a handsome living simply by inserting the words “work”, “life”, and “balance” into any seminar title. I receive phone calls regularly from people who want me to help them achieve this critical balance between their work and their lives.

It seems that balance is something that most people are looking for, but that few have found. Have you ever wondered why?

I’m going to let you in on a very guarded industry secret, and dispel one of the biggest myths out there. It’s all a sham! I’m not kidding. There is no such thing as achieving “Work-Life Balance”. It really doesn’t exist. If you attempt to separate your “work”, being Monday through Friday, and your “life”, being only a two day weekend, you will, unfortunately, never find balance. Regardless of what some may have you believe, five days will never equal two.

You must view your time at work as a functioning part of your life. After all, by the time you meet your maker, you will have worked at least seventy percent of your lifetime! If your “work” and your “life” are separate entities, then we have a big problem – because seventy percent of it just went out the window.

Your quest in life shouldn’t be about finding a balance between the time you spend working and spend living. The two things are one in the same. For most of us, we can’t live without working, so to try and separate the two is impossible. To give your life balance as a whole, you don’t segment it – you make it seamless. Instead, you should be focused on finding happiness regardless of where you may be, and whom you may be with…Finish reading at

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11:07PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

All good and thoughtful comments. The balance is a delicate thing to maintain. I work overtime without any extra pay to try and meet a daily quota set at a time with a different data base, which is now impossible to meet but is still expected. I'm hoping to find true work life balance in retirement, if I can afford to do that when the time comes. And providing I'm not totally burned out.

2:31PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing, good article and comments. I especially like what Jelena said about balanceccoming from within.

12:27PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:57AM PST on Jan 24, 2014


7:18PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Interesting article.....Thank-you for sharing.

5:32PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

I found balance I retired at 54 work hard save 40% invest wisely and live a simple life. anow my work is growing a nice garden playing with my dog and cat and walking in nature not far from my home

4:38PM PST on Jan 23, 2014


9:03PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

I think that there are probably lots of 'words of wisdom' that are based on false idea's that can't really be brought into form by anybody.Oh, some can put on a good show, but with a little digging, the dark underside shows up and we see the price other's have paid to keep the illusion going.Also a lot of the motivational stuff is aimed at those in the corporate world and it just doesn't translate into the working poor kind of schedual and the financial stress.When you're stuck on the bottom step you just can't see the vistas available higher up.Having a very active imagination helps as long as your aiming it towards progress and good will and not doom and revenge.

7:37PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

Let's just say if you walk into work with a smile and someone asks you why are you smiling in a tone that indicates there should be nothing you should be smiling amount of goodwill or positivity is going to make that a balanced situation.

Since I'm such a plain cookie I think in my next work experience I'm going to surround myself with sexy co-workers. That way I will be sexy by association and I will have nice people I can go grab a green juice with :O) Sounds balanced enough for me ;O)

6:11PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

I think the second-to-last paragraph gets to the point--your work-life is a big part of your life. Even if you find yourself in a less-than-ideal work situation, you can still try to take pleasure in doing well what is asked of you (and while doing what you can to explore other potential work situations).

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