Archive for December, 2009

As the year draws to a close it seems like a good time to reflect on how we balanced our work with the rest of our lives this year. Two recent articles in the same newsletter caught my eye. The first one was about “Go Home on Time Day” which was held recently in Australia. Apparently of the 20,000 people who registered for it, just over half actually managed to go home on time that day. The rest were caught up in the office, with 68% saying they had too much to do to get away on-time as planned.

The other article reported a recent survey that found that workplace stress is costing the Australian economy $14.2 billion a year; apparently Australian workers miss an average 3.2 working days a year because they are too stressed to function.

Were you part of those statistics? What does achieving work/life balance look like for you? Because there’s no magic formula or single answer to this one; work/life balance could have an entirely different look and feel for most of the people you work with or for. For example, I’m writing this at 7pm and contemplating as I write…does being in the office at this hour mean my work/life is unbalanced? For me the answer is no, because I’m here by choice and I know I have the choice and the ability to leave on time tomorrow night.

The important thing is to feel balanced and happy about the amount of time you spend in all the areas of your life that are important to you. If you don’t, now could be a good time to ask yourself; what is at least one thing I can do something differently in 2010?
Happy holidays and all the best for the new year…

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