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4 Con and 4 Pro Arguments On Work Life Balance

4 Con and 4 Pro Arguments On Work Life Balance

If you browse through the internet reading about the topic “Work Life Balance” you’re in for a ride! So far, it always seemed that finding a good balance between your daily work and the time you spend with family, friends or just yourself is what we all should strive to achieve.

But already the first page of your search results will turn that idea upside down and back again! The only balance you’ll find is the amount of pro and con articles about this topic. So, what’s the deal? Here are 4 arguments against and 4 arguments in favor of the work live balance theory.

Con-Argument: Life Work Balance? Totally outdated!

If you read articles like the one from Conor Neill’s on lifehack, you will find yourself totally agreeing with the facts and ideas he presents.

1. We are never in balance

Conor Neill states that we are never balanced out when we put one foot in front of the other. Or at least just a tiny bit during the process. Conor even takes it a step further and calls the whole concept of a balance between work and free time outright stupid! He explains this theory by focusing on humans and the way we move: “Triangles are naturally in balance, humans are not.”

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2. If we would reach the perfect life work balance, we would be unhappy

Conor Neill’s reason for this is because that would be the end of the road. And humans are not made to stand still. We need to explore, develop new ideas, and make things better!

3. The constant search for the perfect life-work-balance is a very frustrating endeavor

Connor Neill explains that something in balance will never feel steady and safe. A strong fundament and stable wings are what we all need. His message, “Build your fundament and trust your wings!” is good, valuable, and solid. But somehow his entire argumentation feels a bit off topic.

Author Meghan M. Biro takes it even a notch further and tells us to kill the life work balance myth! Reading her article on Forbes, you might find yourself in total agreement.

4. The idea of maintaining a life work balance is “simply not a functional concept”

Meghan M. Biro rightfully talks about leaders, who achieved tremendous things, build up multi-billion dollar companies and created an impact on how we live today. She states that modern companies change the working environment to a work-living environment and that this very productive structure defines the way our first-world society will move ahead. Work life balance? According to Meghan M. Biro “We’re already past that”. So, let us all become leaders, live to work, and change the world! Right?

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Pro-argument: Without a good work-life-balance you’re doomed!

Let’s look at the other side of the argumentation. Just like on the con-side, you’ll find numerous articles that will bombard you with all the amazing advantages a good work life balance holds in store for you.

One of the most striking arguments for maintaining an equal amount of free time in reference to your working hours is actually quite simple: “If you don’t balance work with the rest of your life, you’ll miss it.” But that is just the essence of the whole pro-argumentation. Here are four of many points, which speak for a well-balanced scale between work and free time:

1. Money does not make you happier!

Although we have all heard that argument at least a thousand times before, it is still not very convincing. But then again … earning a bag full of cash every month by working like a maniac, but with no time, no friends, and no hobby to spend it on, does seem a bit silly.

2. More free time means more social interactions.

The human being is a herd animal. And a very romantic one on top! We need our social time with others, may it be our partner, friends or family.

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3. Free time makes room for creativity!

And thus, your work and you career will also benefit from a healthy work life balance.

4. Your health will thank you

Compared to a work-life-balance, a so called “burn out” is not a myth! What good will all that hard-earned cash do you, if you need to spend it on medical bills?

The Conclusion to the Work Life Balance Argument

Is unsatisfying! Why? Because everyone has a different point of view.

Career orientated people will tell you that the concept of balancing work and life is outdated. Work and life are becoming one thing. Mobile devices enable you to work from anywhere at any time. Companies are beginning to adjust their job structures and the working environment accordingly. Some people love what they are doing! They become one with the task at hand, find their true purpose and excel in their career. And that is just great!

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For others, a good work life balance is working a few hours from their home office and then going for a walk with the dog, fetch some of the home-grown veggies for lunch from the garden and then maybe work some more. Not the huge amount of cash is relevant but the quality time they spend with their loved ones and doing the things they really enjoy doing.

It is a fact though, that most people living on our planet do not have the choice between a highly-paid career and an easy-going home office job. And an estimated 95% of these people do not have the luxury of trying to balance work and life. For them, life and work are what they are.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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