by Valerie Stimac, Outsite Contributor
Our whole lives, we’ve been hearing about the idea of “work/life balance.” In the past few years, the concept is being re-examined for what it is: a stressful, unattainable goal that leaves people feeling overworked and unfulfilled. Instead, we should aim for work-life harmony, which seeks to provide a feeling of integration between the different parts of our lives.
To learn more about this idea of “work-life harmony” and how to achieve it, we asked businesspeople, influencers, and researchers to provide their personal philosophies.
Here are 11 thought-provoking quotes about how to create your own version of work-life harmony.
“THE FIRST STEP ON THE PATH TO HARMONY BETWEEN WORK AND THE REST OF LIFE IS TO REALIZE THAT FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND THE PRIVATE SELF (MIND, BODY, SPIRIT) ARE NOT ENEMIES OF WORK; THEY ARE ALLIES THAT PROVIDE THE SUPPORT, RESOURCES, AND SENSE OF PURPOSE NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN THE PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL REALM.”
Professor Stewart D. Friedman
Director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project
“EVERYTHING IS SET UP ALONG THE NATURAL LAWS OF BALANCE—THERE ARE EBBS AND FLOWS IN ALL OF NATURE—BUT EVERYTHING IS HEALTHIER WHEN IN BALANCE. WORK AND THE REST OF OUR “LIVES” ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN, THEY HAVE TO BE IN BALANCE FOR US TO HAVE A HAPPY, HOLISTIC, EXISTENCE.”
“THIS WHOLE NEW MOVEMENT AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENTS INTO REMOTE, TIME-ZONE FLEXIBLE, RESULTS DRIVEN, CAREER PATHS COMES DOWN TO THAT: WORK LIFE INTEGRATION. INCREASINGLY, LIFE, AND ALL OF IT’S ACTIVITIES, HAPPENS ALL AROUND US, ALL THE TIME.”
“KNOWING AND ADHERING TO ONE’S PERSONAL VALUES – NOT SOCIETAL NORMS, EXPECTATIONS, SHOULD’S, OR HAVE TO’S – IS THE FOUNDATION OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE.“
Melissa Heisler / Stress Reduction Expert at It’s My Life
“THE TERM “WORK-LIFE BALANCE” IS AS UNIQUE AS YOUR SITUATION AND YOUR GOALS, AND NO ONE CAN HAND YOU A BLUEPRINT. YOU NEED TO IDENTIFY WHAT IT IS YOU’RE REALLY SEEKING AND WHAT YOU’RE WILLING TO GIVE UP FOR IT, BECAUSE BALANCE DEMANDS COMPROMISE. THIS BALANCE ISN’T STATIC. IT’LL SHIFT ACCORDING TO THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES YOU’RE LANDING, TO CHANGES IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND FREQUENT REEVALUATION OF WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU.”
“THE BEST SOLUTION TO FINDING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS HAVING SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN YOU GET HOME. WITHOUT PASSION PROJECTS, PERSONAL INTERESTS, OR ACTIVE COMMUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN, WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO LET OUR WORK CONSUME OUR IDENTITY. IN TRUTH, WE ACTUALLY LOSE A PART OF OUR PERSONALITY WHEN WORK CONSUMES OUR LIVES. WE HAVE TO RE-DISCOVER THINGS WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT AND PURSUE THOSE THINGS — ESPECIALLY THE THINGS THAT WON’T MAKE US MONEY.”
Cody Miles / Creative Director at Brand Cave
This article originally appeared on Outsite.co.