One more thought about balance, if you don’t mind. It is very important to balance our professional life and our personal life. It helps our relationships, at home and work; it helps us to be more productive and it helps us to enjoy life, not just feel as thought the only purpose we have is to go to work, go to bed and get up and do it all over again.
I love what I do for a living. It’s my job, yes, but it’s more than just a job for me and I love it, most days. (We all have days that even the best job seems like a chore.) I went through a period of time when my job was my life! I got up at 5 am and was at the office by 6 and worked until 9-10 pm. I did that for a couple of years. Yes, that’s right, years! And I began to realize that I was getting somewhat down in the dumps, not happy with my social life (excuse me, What social life!?!) and started to realize that I had allowed my professional life to completely take over everything.
Professionally, I wasn’t doing as well either because I was getting so tired and burned out, that I wasn’t concentrating as well and, clearly, wasn’t functioning as well as I could have been. We often will recognize the issues this lack of balance creates in our personal lives before we realize it also affects our professional lives!
If you want to operate at peak performance, then you must have balance in your professional/personal life. If you are paying attention and spending time on both in the proportions that are needed at the time, you will find you accomplish a great deal more at work and you feel happier and more settled in your personal life as well!
If you are a professional or a supervisor, please note that people who are more imbalance are more productive, make fewer errors and tend to be more creative. If you, or an employee hasn’t taken a vacation in a year, make sure that you/they take time off. Help them find the balance that will, in turn, help them be a better employee (or you be a better professional).
Balance in all things is vital. Try it, I think you will like it!