Many studies have been done on the benefits and importance of having a work-life balance. You can read more about the benefits here: The importance of work-life balance. For now, I want to share with you my thoughts on work-life balance.
Some of you may know from my previous posts that I worked in the fast food service industry for about ten years. During those years, I worked extremely long hours (twelve hours plus most days) and about six days a week. I never really had a break from work. In fact, I often got calls from work while off work.
To say work consumed my life is an understatement. I didn't complain about the excessive overtime I was doing because I believed it was my responsibility and accountability being part of management. Do I regret all the extra time I spent in my previous role? No. Definitely not. I was passionate about what I did. After ten years though, I knew I was drained and needed change.
I now work for a company that allows me to have a work-life balance. Having finally experienced balance, I can honestly say I agree with all the studies out there claiming work-life balance is important. Below are my top four reasons why work-life balance is important to me!
I Only Have One Life
How often do you hear yourself saying no to a family member or friend because of overtime? How often do you tell yourself “when I have time, I'd like to do this”? I know from my experiences I said those words one too many times. I know I missed out on many opportunities, events and experiences because of my devotion to work. I get it now. I only have one life to live and I intend to live it to the fullest. What about you?
I Enjoy Work
Working for a company that values work-life balance makes me enjoy work a lot more. I feel valued as an employee because I know my company sees me as more than a paycheque. My team takes care of me; my personal and overall well-being matters to them. Overall I feel happier and am more productive at work.
I Am Balanced
I hate the feeling of being burnt out. In my previous job, I felt burnt out and stressed all the time. Even though I trained myself to stay mentally alert and perform, even when my body needed a break, I was becoming depressed and starting to hate my job. After I left that job, I felt a complete and much needed 180. I am now well-rested and a lot happier. I have time to stay active and keep my energy high. I feel as productive with my personal life as I do with my work life. I smile more, and I know my body is appreciating me for this change. Love thy self-right?
I Build a Stronger Connection With My Family and Friends
When I was perpetually burnt out and unhappy from my previous job, I unleashed anger onto the closest people around me. This was toxic and damaging to my relationships. Work-life balance brings me closer to my family and friends. I no longer take out my mood swings on them because of work. Instead, I am allowed more time with my family and friends. This means more time for family gatherings and adventures with my friends!
So, those are my top four reasons why work-life balance is important to me! If you are a workaholic like I was (and still am), it may be time to ask yourself how important is work-life balance to you? Reflect on your current situation. Are you happy? I understand work-life balance looks differently for everyone. I recognize people are at different stages of life -- which may or may not allow for a work-life balance. I believe that for whatever reason you cannot do it now, remember to give yourself a timeline. You deserve balance.