First, let’s level set on why Work:Life Harmony is important.
Achieving work:life harmony should be a top priority for everyone. In fact, according to the latest Gallup poll, 30% of working adults say lack of work:life harmony is the number one reason why they left a job.
And it’s no wonder why; 60% of employed adults in America report feeling stressed out by their jobs on any given day.
Achieving work:life harmony is not a matter of one thing, but many things. It takes an understanding of where you are and where you want to go, and the commitment and will to get there.
Work:Life harmony is a term I like to use to describe how an individual’s personal and professional lives blend together. There are a variety of facets to work:life harmony, including job satisfaction, stress levels, or overall well being.
We spend one-third of our lives at work, which makes it no surprise that the way we feel about ourselves and our work have a significant impact on our overall health. When we start to feel the pressure building in our work, we will start to see our bodies respond to that pressure.
Can you relate? If so, you’re not alone! Unnecessary stress has become the norm for many workers and that type of stress can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and depression.
We all have some combination or all of the following challenges in trying to find that harmony;
🧘♂️ The challenge of finding time for both work and life
🧘♂️ The challenge of making work and life interesting
🧘♂️ The challenge of managing responsibilities at home and at work
🧘♂️ The challenge of maintaining relationships with family, friends, coworkers, etc.
One way that process the stress of trying to find that harmony is to remind myself of the following Japanese saying: まだまだです (Mada mada desu) English translation: “I still have a long way to go”
When I remind myself to frame it in this perspective I can start to feel less pressure from the stress. The stress will always be there, but I don’t have to allow it to consume me and just remember that there is still a long way to go on this journey.
In order to achieve work-life harmony, it is important to understand what type of person you are and what your goals are. It is important that you know yourself before trying to achieve work:life harmony so that you can figure out what harmony really means to you.
The first step: I recommend discovering your ikigai, but not in the sense that you might have seen through the popularized Venn diagram. Rather looking at this through the perspective of the Japanese culture and really understanding who your true authentic self is.
For me, I find harmony in myself when I am able to commune with nature. To be able to make the connection that my harmony is directly connected to the harmony that nature has with us.
When I can be in more symbiotic understanding of nature and how we need each other it immediately reduces the pressure I feel.
If you would like to learn more about how you can experience this type of harmony in your life, consider my upcoming coaching cohort for continuous improvement professionals like yourself.
I’m looking for 5 Continuous Improvement Professionals who want to be a part of a Case Study where you will learn how to build a personal workflow strategy that builds more work:life harmony.
Step by step I’ll show you exactly what to do. It’s simple and it works. This isn’t a DIY self-paced course, this is going to be live 1:1 and group calls.
We start on March 7, 2022.
So if you are;
👉 A continuous improvement professional
👉 Struggling with finding meaning your work
👉 Motivated to find a better personal workflow
👉 Willing to invest 2-3 hours/week for the next 6 months in yourself and your well-being
👉 Willing to invest 💵 in yourself and your personal development
Reach out to me and I’ll get you more details shortly.
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