Work Life Balance

I have often wondered what the saying "work life balance" means. It’s a saying which it is often banded about, especially by recruitment agencies and potential employers.


Of course, for many of us, work takes up a substantial amount of time in our lives. What we therefore do in our spare time, or should I say, non-working time, really counts.

For me, I have always found the ultimate stress reliever from a stressful day of work is exercise. Now, please do not get me wrong, I am not one of these people who can religiously go to gym and run on a treadmill for hours upon end; I need to have a large social element involved.

My particular vice is rugby

Now, rugby is certainly not without its flaws when balancing it with work, especially coming into work on a Monday with a black eye following a rather robust tackle during Saturday’s game. Although many clients do then like to talk about it, asking me if I have suffered any further injuries since last meeting with them.

For me, I therefore think I have found what “work life balance” actually means. It is the ability to find something I can completely disassociate from work, get caught up in and just enjoy.

For others, it may simply be going to the cinema, playing a musical instrument or walking the dog, but I believe it is important we all find that one thing we can go home and enjoy; or simply work off the stress of the day.

Feel good factor

For those of you who say you don’t have the time to do anything, because your children take up all your non-work time, or you just don’t feel like doing anything after a long day at work, I would advise you to find something/anything, whether it takes up a whole evening or even just 20 minutes. The energy and feel good factor you will get is the extra thing which may get you through the next, particularly difficult, day in work.

Even though, what I have said in this blog is rather simplistic, it is the simple things in life which can give us the greatest pleasure.