There's been a lot of talk lately about work-life balance, work-life blend, or work-life integration. Heck, some even change it to life-work and think it changes everything. I can't say I've ever believed in work-life balance.
Some days you'll make choices that support your definition of balance. Other days your choices will sabotage the balance you seek. The magic is that every single day, it's your choice to make again and again.
This episode of the Future in 5 takes a look at whether we should focus on work/life balance or work/life integration. Work/life balance is an interesting topic because it is very individualistic. For example, I work many more hours than a standard, full-time job.
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Some simple steps to take to reclaim your time and energy include setting limits to how long you spend reading and answering email each day. It's also okay to say "no" when others ask too much of your time.
How about, after 25 years of this angst, companies finally get serious about having a real goal of work-life balance success for their employees? After all, satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, right?
I'm really into the term "Work-Life Integration" right now, having given up on "Work-Live Balance." So I've been talking to some entrepreneur mommies in my Brooklyn neighborhood to find how they get through the day while building a business and family.