Work-Life Balance? What the Hell is That?

When you start your career, there are going to be a lot of new terms thrown around that you might not have heard before. And if you’re like me, the phrase “work-life balance” will be one of them. For those of us lucky enough to work for an amazing organization that prioritizes this; your life and work at least have a chance of balancing.

However, no matter how hard the HR people at your office try to stress the importance of a balance between work and life, when you first start a new job, especially right out of college, maintaining this balance will be damn hard.

Not only are you probably working harder and longer than ever before, but you also have more responsibilities, and if your life is anything like mine your day starts long before the sun rises and ends long after it sets. This means that when you finally return home from your long work day and seemingly endless commute, you’re probably going to be so tired that spending time with family, socializing with friends or enjoying hobbies will be lower on your list than editing your coworkers’ collection of poetry about her cats.

In an effort to find a more even balance between my own work and life, I’ve embarked on a quest for advice. However, I got a little side tracked…thanks to youtube. Check these out.

Ok ok. They might not give you any tips for balancing your life and your work, but hey, you’re taking a break from work to watch them, right? That should count for something.

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September 14, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Career Advice, Life-in General.

4 Comments

  1. Tiffany replied:

    Work-life balance is an ongoing challenge for me too. I like this article about time management: http://conversationstarter.hbsp.com/2008/04/are_you_spending_your_time_the_1.html

  2. Elle replied:

    Great blog concept! Hope you strive the work-life balance soon! :0)

  3. Katy Spaulding replied:

    Thanks Elle! I hope so too. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts with advice about how to master work-life balance.

  4. Tiffany replied:

    Katy, this might be a great question for Phil on PR Open Mic.

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