That definition of balance is different for everyone.So to justify to an audience that work/life balance is a desired goal--one that is believed in and should be pursued, we have to convince them first that work/life balance is THE priority first, and then setting boundaries to achieve that work/life balance is next.To encourage work/life balance, as a result, is to set boundaries on one's self in how much work they have to do.If I remember the story right: John Maxwell (books like Developing the Leader Within You) once said that he hired a secretary (the term at the time) to do 40 hours a week of work for him. He continued to pile on tasks on her, and one day she came to him and said "You have a problem, you have asked me to do these tasks, but I can't do them in 40 hours." He was surprised someone told him this. They went over the tasks and how much time it actually takes to do these things, and they both came to realize what she said was true: "YOU have a problem...", in other words, he hired her for 40 hours a week, but was giving her 45-50 hours a week of work. He was putting too much on her plate and she couldn't possibly succeed at her job. SHE SET A BOUNDARY. That was the key point.There are many examples of this, and many more bullet points I could write, but in the end, I can share so many experiences of how people succeed at work, fail at life. Some succeed at life and, in relative comparison, fail at work. But I've never seen anyone, ever, lay on a death bed and say " I wish I had worked more."
Life is so much more than work. In America especially, and in some other Western cultures, we wrap up our identity into our jobs and careers, and lose ourselves there.So a great question to ask oneself: "If I suddenly did not have to work, what purpose would I have in life to fulfill?"I had a mentor ask me recently: "If you had 8 hours to fill up with something you yourself really wanted to do, then what would it be?"I struggled to fill the void in the room of silence for 10-30 seconds, but as I focused on the question, I started realizing "What I really want to do is ___________...." (I'll keep that answer to myself right now). It was a good answer with a good cause.So then "Why don't you schedule time to do that then?".And it made me realize, distractions of work, distractions of life, and of my phone, get in my way of being purposeful with the balance of time I do have.I'll leave you with that. Again, I could go on for a long time.Recommendations to consider: John Maxwell, I'm sure in his repertoire of lectures, this is a topic.Townsend (first name?) who wrote "Boundaries".Other authors along those lines would be good.Let me know who you select in the end, I'll be curious what you choose. Perhaps I'll reply with more in coming days...I enjoy these topics immensely, curious what others will write and recommend as well.