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Do you work to live or live to work?

There is often a lot of discussion about work-life balance and the impact it can have on people. There can be a tendency to spend a lot of time in the office as we do with our loved ones at home. The workplace is very competitive where everyone is having to go the extra mile to prove their commitment and justify their role. You need to be sensible.

Relax & Recharge

It is always important to take time out to relax and recharge your batteries. No one can survive for long if they are completely obsessed with work. It will only lead to increased stress levels and can ultimately be counter-productive. Taking time out also allows you to review the work you have done. You can’t underestimate the importance of this by taking a step back to reflect on your achievements. Noticing where you can improve is a critical part of any good career plan.

Finding the right balance

Even the most driven and hard-working people ensure they keep a good work-life balance. It’s healthy to have an interest rather than just ‘the office’. At the same time, I’m a firm believer that you get out what you put in. Every individual has different drivers and motivations. Some people want to have a 9-5 structure, others have a mentality of working however many hours it takes to get the job done. The reality is, there is no right or wrong approach however you should be able to find the right balance that works for you.

Enjoy your work

I would say that the most important aspect of a healthy balance is how you view your job. Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, you need to be honest with yourself and question whether is it something you enjoy or do you see it as a burden?

If you are fortunate enough to love what you do and get a lot of enjoyment and fulfilment from it, then great. You’re in the right line of work! This isn’t the case for everyone, but the principle remains the same:

Enjoyment shouldn’t be an alternative to your job, it should be part of it.