Myths About Work-Life Balance and What to Do Instead
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Work-life balance is all the rage these days. Unfortunately, it seems that most of what we have been told is a lie.
Here are 10 myths regarding work-life balance that are stressing you out and setting you up for failure.
1. It’s actually about achieving balance.
This is the biggest misconception regarding work-life balance. The hard truth is that balance doesn’t exist. It would be great if it did but our lives don’t exist in silos.
No matter how hard you try, there will be times when work bleeds into your personal life and vice versa. Just because you clock out for the day doesn’t mean that you’re 100 percent free from work. You may still have to respond to an email or review your schedule. As an entrepreneur, you’re always thinking about work in some capacity.
2. Life needs to be compartmentalized.
Another myth is that we need to compartmentalize life. For some of us, that means an even 50-50 split where we spend half of our time at work and the other at home. For others, it’s dividing our days into 8-8-8 hour blocks. This long standing mentality is that we should spend eight hours at work, sleep for another eight, and set aside eight hours for leisure and social activities.
3. You can have it all.
Even if you have created a schedule that allows you to exercise, spend time with your inner circle and get all of your work done, you’re still making a sacrifice somewhere. If I want to help my business grow, then I will have to travel frequently. Whether it is to check in on my remote team or speaking at a conference, I will be out of town and unable to spend that time with my family.
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