Work Life Balance
“I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better, but a lot of that time isn’t in our office or meeting with people or doing what you’d call real work. I take a lot of time just to read and think about things by myself.” ―Mark Zuckerberg
I may say that I work a lot. Actually, even when I am not in the office, I think about my work almost always. I enjoy my work, so sometimes I find myself being offended when someone from my family says “Leave that phone and your mail, is it so urgent to reply immediately”. Of course it is urgent, what a question!
Or is it? Really? What is the limit, how do you set it and how do you make prioritization?
I’ve been online and somehow busy every day for years already. I traveled, a lot, however I don’t remember a day of “doing nothing”. Even though I am sometimes very proud to be a hardworking person, I must say that my productivity wasn’t growing proportionally to the time I was investing in working on something.
So, instead of being proud of the amount of time I spend in the office, I started to focus on results that I achieve in my work.
The Greeks are some of the most hardworking in the OECD, putting in over 2,000 hours a year on average. Germans, on the other hand, are comparative slackers, working about 1,400 hours each year. But German productivity is about 70% higher. – The Economist
Americans Working More but Doing Less – America’s employees worked more hours but were ultimately less productive in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to figures released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. – Source
The Science of Productivity in a 3 Minute Video
Work Life Balance Wheel
Recently I found Work Life Balance Wheel Tool. You can grade each part of the wheel from 1 to 10.
Usually, when you do that, business coaches would ask you the following question: “Imagine that your life is a bicycle and you need to ride it with that wheel, how does it go?“.
This should help you in making it more clear how sustainable your current life is.