Work-Life Balance Does Not Exist

work-life balance does not exist

Since Saturday is a time off from work, let me talk about work. Hehe.. Kidding aside…

Is there really such a thing as “work-life balance?”
Does this verb-noun compound word exist?

Or it was just coined and popularized by people who come in late at work and whose right index finger is poised to click the Log Out button 15 minutes before the official end of work?

Sarcasm aside, work is part of life.
Work is not independent from life.
Work is inseparable from life.

When we talk about two things that are parts of a whole, balance is not the right word but blend or harmony.

Many years ago, I attended a seminar. I was taught what work-life balance was: 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of play.

When I got married and became an entrepreneur, I wondered from which exoplanet did that speaker come.

If work-life balance was a thing, then, there should have been pee-life balance, breathe-life balance, wink-life balance, clap-life balance, run-life balance, sleep-life balance, eat-life balance, jump-life balance, talk-life balance, stand-life balance, trade-life balance, and so on.

There’s no work-life balance, but there is management of priorities.

In managing your priorities, someone or something will have to sacrifice once in a while, especially if you’re still pursuing dreams or starting up.

Stop fantasizing work-life balance.
Stop defending work-life balance.
You might win in a debate but not in real-life.

For as long as there are living organisms in your body, for as long as protein molecules are holding your tissues together, strive for harmony and not balance.

Call it work-life harmony instead.

Jaycee De Guzman

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