Is “work-life balance” the answer? No, no, no. It's “work-life integration”

Posted on 10-29-2014 by
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Finding the right balance for work and life is difficult. If you find that your work and home life interfere with one another, you might want to try a “work-life integration” mentality instead.

A recent article via Mashable suggests crafting your own “work-life integration method” instead – finding pockets of time in your work and life schedules to lend to one another, blending them together for maximum impact.

Below are a few tips from the Mashable article on how to make the puzzle pieces fit together while maintaining your sanity.

1. Put your health first

It's tempting to skip the gym or grab quick (and nutritionally empty) snacks while on the clock, but in the long-term, these hasty decisions have negative consequences on productivity and ultimately on health and happiness. Making simple commitments — such as taking the stairs, packing a lunch every day or biking to work — can make a world of difference.

2. Find spheres that overlap

The key for those who work long hours is actually to focus on creating a situation where the different spheres of your personal and professional life, and time overlap. One of the best methods for merging professional and personal lives is to befriend coworkers — they understand your crazy schedule, and can serve as a source of moral support. Also, coworkers can help to encourage you to find the “extra time to devote to each of the non-work-related spheres” such as working out because “it’s already built in.”

3. Address stress

For mental health and mitigating stress, seek out tranquil places near your office where you can take quick breaks throughout the work day or immediately before arriving/after leaving the office to mentally reboot.

4. Family matters

When handling a trying work schedule, whether your own or your spouse's, attitude is an important piece of the puzzle. Clear communication helps set expectations.

5. Conduct self-assessments — and recognize when it's not working

It's brutally easy to fall into the hole of thinking about what I haven't done well, but I try to instead identify, strive for and hit small, measurable goals along the way. If you become incapable of taking care of yourself or your job/career path is severely hindering your ability to parent or provide support for your spouse — particularly for long periods of time — it may be time to consider changing paths.

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