Seeking Out Work-Life Harmony

February 13, 2018


There is something special about this time of year . Perhaps it’s the fresh start or the opportunity to recalibrate goals. For many of my colleagues and friends this year, work-life harmony is at the top of the list. That’s because today, work-life balance is near impossible.

This is because the phrase “work-life balance" suggests that work and life are opposite, which isn’t true. They blend together. So rather than striving to achieve a false, constant balance, attempt work-life harmony. It suggests arranging your life so the various components are in accord. Harmony allows you the choice to focus more on work sometimes, then more on your family and friends other times.

If you’re looking for tips on how to create healthy work-life harmony this year, here are some ideas to help you get started:

Make smart choices

People with the greatest work-life harmony reflect carefully on the type of work they want and how much time they spend doing it. Likewise, it’s important to map out what you want to do when you aren’t working.

Work with passion

One of the easiest ways to develop harmony in life is to love what you do. It isn’t always easy to find this, but that doesn’t make it impossible. Take time to analyze what you’re passionate about, what gets you excited, and how you can make money doing it.

Prioritize working with the right people

You’re not always going to like the people you work with; however, your co-workers are a huge part of your everyday life. This year, try to be friendly with your co-workers and get to know them. This will eventually lead to a better working environment for everyone.

Create good to deal with the bad

Unfortunately, bad things happen in life. You’ll get stuck in traffic or turned down for a promotion you really wanted. That’s life. You can’t prevent every bit of misfortune, but you can create good things. Stuck in traffic? Call a long-lost friend. Lost a promotion you thought was yours? Set goals to prepare yourself for the next opportunity.

Work-life balance is out, and harmony is in. The idea of achieving balance between your personal and professional lives is flawed, because your attention will be split in too many directions. An artist creates harmony by combining elements of texture, space, and color to create pleasing works of art. If you were to compose a picture of your current work-life “balance,” what would it look like? Now compare it to the ideal picture.

What will you do this year to achieve work-life harmony?