In today’s world, balance can be a polarizing subject.
Some of us value 9 to 5 jobs that allow us the opportunity to re-charge, spend time with family, and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.
Others believe the secret to living a happy, fulfilled life, is the growth we can get only from outworking the crowd.
Nine-to-fivers will say that people who work too hard are one-dimensional and more susceptible to “burn-out” and mental health issues than those that maintain a greater level of balance in their life.
Those with a tendency to prioritize work over “balance” believe that too much downtime won’t afford a person the opportunity to reach their true potential.
So, what is the right balance? Is it possible that perhaps, there is no one size fits all?
I believe that the right balance is different for every person. There isn’t one set of circumstances that will make any person happy, so why would there be one work-life balance that’s right for everyone?
Rather than fixating on the amount we work, we should instead be asking ourselves if we are truly happy doing what we do each day.
If the answer is yes, it shouldn’t matter how much or little we work. If the answer is no, then it is probably time to consider a change in what we do or how much we do it. But, if there’s one thing I know it is that each person is different. The decision should be up to you.
The legal industry has been the poster child for an unbalanced lifestyle for many years.
When I joined CEO Law, I was attracted to the idea that we could provide lawyers with more flexibility than traditional law firms – the chance to decide both the type and amount of work they wanted to do. It has been a pleasure working with all types of lawyers – from workaholics to nine-to-fivers to part-timers – each with a different level of balance that works for them.
At CEO Law, balance is a choice – however you decide to define it.
What does balance mean to you?