If so, why?
Is it because everyone is chasing it so it seems the thing to strive for?
Maybe you believe it is the answer to the challenges of juggling being Self Employed and having a life.
Whatever the reason you are chasing work life balance, stop it. Yes, you read right – stop it.
Why you should stop chasing Work Life Balance
The work life balance movement was started by organisations as a way to deal with the growing problems of the impact work was having on its employees and employees disquiet about it. So let’s be clear here, it was originally an employer led initiative.
Now, far be it for me to push on you my conspiracy theories as to why employers peddle work life balance to employees like pushers dangling the next fix. Suffice to say, as someone who peddled the corporate hamster wheel for 14 years, work life balance policies often don’t work at a practical level for the employee.
But let’s come back to the point at hand.
Why are you, as a Self Employed person, chasing something that was created for organisations?
Why Work Life Balance is NOT for Self Employed folk
Work life balance is not for you for three reasons:
1. It is a flawed concept
Striving for balance will not necessarily result in you having the life you really want. It will not necessarily protect what is most important to you. It will not necessarily deliver the results you really want.
2. The word balance leads to focus in the wrong place
It leads to focussing on creating a more even balance between roles. This doesn’t allow for the fact that some roles are far more important than others. So balancing them out isn’t an appropriate approach.
3. There is a much better option more likely to deliver what you really want
Working for yourself could and should be the ultimate in personal freedom and life on your own terms. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grab that opportunity with both hands and make the most of it.
If Work Life Balance is not for Self Employed folks, what is?
Well, I recommend ditching the word balance and replacing it with design.
The reason being is that designing life based on your core values and what is most important to you gets you focussing on creating what you really want.
Using working for yourself as a tool to support what you want to create, rather than focussing on balance, is more likely to give you the business, family life and lifestyle you really want.
I don’t know about you, but there is no way I want work to balance with what is most important to me (and I love my work). Actually, I want a total imbalance.
I want my work life not to even come close to balancing with the family life and the lifestyle I really want. I want it to fit around it and be a tool that supports me in achieving my ideal.
How about you?
Where do you stand on this subject? Please share your opinions in the comments below.